Thursday, July 12, 2018

Google Alerts returns results which are not according to the original query terms specified by the user [COMPACTIDEA]

A human can easily and clearly see that the more important word in the user query is WinRAR, but Google Alerts returns even those random search results which contain only the word 'released'.

Secondly, I never wrote the word 'buy', but Google's oversmart algorithms automatically introduce this word [in the background] when they see 'Deutsche Bank'. It isn't necessary that if someone says Deutsche, then it must be about investment buy/sell decisions. These are failed results by Google.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Amazon uses common customer ratings and reviews for all flavors, stages or variants of Nestle Cerelac, making it impossible to see which flavor or variant is liked more

Obviously some flavors are being liked more [on average] by babies, and some less. Using common ratings/reviews values for all flavors/stages of Nestle Cerelac is a bad idea. Potential customers want to know which flavors have higher ratings [for a particular stage].

Friday, January 26, 2018

Google is apparently trying to bury, conceal and hide articles critical of The New York Times for the American propaganda that it routinely spreads

You want to learn:
  1. Whether or not the NYT spreads US propaganda.
  2. What type of propaganda it spreads.
  3. Examples.
You head to Google and run a query, but all you get is a list of articles talking about Chinese and Russian propaganda. Is this accidental? Doesn't seem so. Seems like, at the behest of CIA/NSA, Google has carefully and deliberately altered its [obviously secret] algorithms to hide, and thus effectively kill, those articles and blog posts that aim to talk about and expose propaganda efforts of NYT. In contrast, when you run the same query on Bing, and DuckDuckGo, however, you are able to see some articles criticizing NYT for spreading propaganda [disguised as regular news articles or as opinion pieces].

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Google declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, without mentioning the disputes surrounding it [COMPACTIDEA]

Is this a deliberate pro-Israel act by Google, or an honest mistake by Google's algorithms [based on whatever data/information the algorithms have read on the Web]? I'm inclined towards the former. Google must not be allowed to spew out propaganda-like information as answers/facts, without it mentioning/recognizing any critical surrounding facts. In this case, whether or not Jerusalem, in full or in part, is the capital of Israel or Palestine is disputed. The dispute, and also Israel's occupation of Palestine must both be acknowledged in any "answer" that Google provides for a query. This isn't a simple query with a simple answer. And this lack of simplicity ought to be conveyed, lest there be brainwashing of Google's users.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Google hurts its rivals by not showing links to their key products or services in its search results

For the simple query mozilla bugzilla, Google just doesn't show the URL of Mozilla's Bugzilla database for Firefox bugs. This seems like a deliberate attempt to hurt Firefox by discouraging people from finding its bugs database and thus reducing contributions to Google's competitor.

Similarly, for the straightforward query yahoo mail, the top result on Google's search results page doesn't point to Yahoo Mail. This cannot be accepted as normal. This is a deliberate and nefarious attempt to harm/hurt and kill competition.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Google shows a random answer on Quora as a highlighted 'quick answer' on top of the results page

And this isn't just for this query alone. This happens for many queries. What makes this answer on Quora the most correct/helpful/useful for this particular query? Did Google vet the completeness and/or the correctness of this health-related answer given by a random Quora user? Why is this answer better than the far more authentic and professional answers available on the websites of hospitals, universities, journals, etc.? Someone might interpret Google's 'quick answers box' as an authoritative answer recommended by Google itself, and this answer could in fact be completely wrong, and this could lead to health problems, or worse, death(s)!

Update [Apr'19]: Similarly, it can be seen in the screenshot below that Google says there are currently 15 member nations in OPEC, whereas on the Wikipedia article you can see only 14 [Qatar left OPEC on 1st January this year, unknown to Google's algorithms]. The way Google's SERP has highlighted the number '15 nations' makes the user feel like it's the final, authentic answer needing no further checking. Pretty irresponsible I must say.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Google fails to show a single result for the instrument periscope for a search on 'periscope'

This was something I used to think and wonder for many years. Will a day come when search engines will get so swamped with populist technology such as smartphones, applications, games, etc., that fundamental and scientific terms would get overshadowed in SERPs with these "cool" results? Will future students be bombarded with more of this cool and commercial "juice" rather than core mathematical and scientific concepts?

Yesterday, Google did not show even one result for the periscope instrument on its SERP for the query periscope. Thankfully, Bing and Yandex still show some results for the instrument.

The same story repeats for the query tumbler.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lizol is not the same as Dettol - but Google substitutes one for the other, quietly

Look at my query and see which words Google has highlighted in its top two results. Why does Google think that Lizol is the same as Dettol? Isn't this tantamount to misinformation? Or does Google intend to say that Lizol really is Dettol, but it's just that us lesser humans didn't realize this as yet?

Saturday, October 19, 2013