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Friday, August 11, 2006

Pet Hate #457

Google.

Well, not really Google, just the quality of some of the results that get returned. In particular, there are two types of return that should, in my opinion, be restricted in some way.

Time limited results

These are the results where the linked page is one that contains a 'Latest News/Articles' type section. There is little worse than following a link that seems to relate to exactly what you are looking for, only to be presented with a list of recently posted articles that has obviously changed since the last time Google came a-calling.

Log-in

Many a time, I have followed a link from the results where the abstract contains what seems like just what I'm looking for, only to be presented with a 'To access this page, you must be logged in first'.

Frankly, I don't care whether it is a free registration and the process only takes a minute to gain access to this and 50,000,000 other articles; if it's good enough for Google, it should be good enough for me.

Google seems to be slowly loosing it's grip on the most useful search results - if they're not careful, by the time they hand over search details to anyone that wants them, the data will be crap anyway.

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