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)!


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.




UPDATE [DEC'15]:
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

Google, when I search for AliExpress, I don't want you to substitute this word for Alibaba!

It's kind of audacious of Google to quietly substitute the word AliExpress for Alibaba.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Google conveniently shows results for "rocket launch" for the query "missile launch"

Google, a missile launch is different from a rocket launch - don't mix these. North Korea's fate depends on the difference between a missile and a rocket!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Google gives preference to its own service

For the query 2 nights in soul valley, which is a movie, Google's top result - which looks suspiciously similar to an organic result - is actually an artificially-promoted result for Google's own service. This could be illegal.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Google fails for its apology for results for queries containing the word "Jew"

I searched for Jew York Times, and I saw an apology from Google about the search results.

"We're disturbed about these results as well."

I find it interesting that Google apologizes to the world for offensive results that appear when a query contains the term Jew. But offensive is a very relative term. I get offended when I see results telling me that there were WMDs in Iraq, and that based on this fabricated and false propaganda a sovereign nation and its people were bombed back to the stone age. I get offended when I see unending China-bashing in Google's search results. I even get offended when I see that Google apologizes for offensive results for queries containing the word Jew, but does not apologize when there are so many other instances when Google shows highly offensive results.

This is one major fail for Google.



Just noticed that other people have also condemned this Jew-favoritism of Google.