Google Has Dumbed Down Search… Isn't That A Good Thing?

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It’s no surprise that the folks at Autonomy may be feeling a little neglected by the press lately, as all of the “search” hype focuses on Google, Yahoo and others. Autonomy always was much more focused on enterprise and corporate uses of search and data mining technologies. However, to say it’s “unfortunate” that Google has “dumbed down” search is being controversial just for the sake of being controversial. Google (and others’) “dumbing down” of search is part of what made search so successful. While the guy complains about people punching in a couple of keywords, it’s that simplicity that has made search so valuable. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more advanced search, but it’s not “unfortunate” at all that Google has made it so much easier and effective. His other claim is that Google may run into trouble because search is becoming a commodity. Perhaps he hasn’t been looking lately, but Google seems to be working pretty hard to make it clear they’re an ad network built on the core of their search capabilities, rather than “a search company.”

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Anons Anonymous says:


What idiot would only type in the word “penguin” if they are searching for something more specific?


This clown uses a hypthetical example of people searching for oil pollution effects on penguins (or whatever) and he actually thinks they are typing in only “penguin” and then clicking through “hundreds” or even “thousands” of google results until they hit upon what they want…

What a load of crapola.

Mousky (user link) says:

Mr. Lynch is being dumb

Mr. Lynch is the one that has dumbed down searching on Google. If someone is looking for something as specific as the effect of oil pollution on the penguin population of Alaska, they will likely enter the words ‘oil pollution penguin alaska’. Entering those terms into Google will bring up several relevant results. Who is the one being dumb, Mr. Lynch?

Anonymous Coward says:

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Lynch said users are still doing too much legwork for Google, searching with simple terms and then clicking through the hundreds or thousands of results returned looking for the content which best matches their needs.

No, that’s what used to happen, with old search engines. Google is so good at guessing what you want, you tend not to do that any more.

That’s not dumbing down, that’s dumbing up.

DGK12 says:

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If we want to get into technicalities…

If he took time to try Google. The first page of results for the word “penguin” offers up Follow the “Habitats of Penguins” link to discover the appalling facts.

Google also offers advanced search capabilities. You just have to have (A.) The need for those capabilities, and (B.) A little motivation to find out.

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