Over the last week or so there’s been some talk over with what Google has done with Google+ and how search results are being shown. Basically, you’re being shown results of Google+ users and pages before, basically, anything else…
While the big SOPA thing was happening [January 18th] doing searches, I noticed that something had changed. The Google+ results were pulled out and replaced; given new placement as it were.
They have moved the Google+ results to the side and put them out of the normal list, but still they’ve got the listings under the results of where people have Google+’d them…
As with everything, I could be late on this subject, but seems new to me…
Obviously, having Google+ results before everything else is troubling, and most likely not going to be what you were really searching for…from what I’m seeing here, this is what Google wants to do; give you the Google+ result still but break them out so you see the normal stuff and they still get to push their own materials.
Seems kind of shady. Stepping from search engine to social ‘engine’. I don’t see how the two can exist under one roof.
From my perspective, and from what everyone else seems to be working from, you are there to search, not get social. You need answers to questions, not another social engagement. And because Google has been jacking with the results they’re in hot water with the FCC— and that’s one of the reasons prompting this change.
Google is powerful, making over 8 billion dollars last year, and with power and influence like that it’s going to be had to say that everything you do is an abuse of power or an antitrust lawsuit… We’ll see if this small changes help cool some people down.
I doubt it.
Larry Henry Jr.
Google responds to the Google+ search problem
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