: The internet has become somewhat useless.



Jesda
03-21-11, 01:43 AM
I hate searching for information and coming across an article on a junk-content site like ehow or examiner, where some idiot writes an amateurish blog entry on a fairly complicated subject.

For example, a few weeks ago I was searching for instructions on replacing the power steering pump in the Seville. EHow had a vague article that more or less said:
1. Unbolt the old one
2. Install the new one
3. Add fluid and stuff

I'm exaggerating, but the article was completely useless with no tips, diagrams, or specifics. Whoever wrote it created just enough material to allow the site to show up on a Google search but not enough to be genuinely useful. The whole site exists only to attract Google search keywords, like a bait and switch. I hate it.

And then there's examiner, which acts like a newspaper, but the entries are written by idiots with no expertise, probably paid per click for their articles. They'll put together reviews or write on topics trending on Google or Twitter but offer no additional insight.

And there's the sites that do nothing but copy and paste Wikipedia articles, and the Yahoo Answers knockoffs that rarely have answers, and if they do, the answers are completely useless.

It makes searching worthwhile information like trying to find a part for a Delorean in a junkyard full of Chevy Cavaliers.

/Rant

Playdrv4me
03-21-11, 02:28 AM
The other night I was searching for reviews of Samsung's C9000 series of Televisions, and for the first time ever I got so much bullshit static in the search results I just gave up. There are literally bots out there harvesting MODEL NUMBERS and turning them into click baiting website domains (i.e. samsungc9000review.com) that all pile up at the top of the results page.

ben.gators
03-21-11, 02:54 AM
Your are absolutely correct!
The problem is there is so much available information (better to say data!) in the Internet that the user is not capable of finding the information (correct information indeed) that he needs! Bing (Microsoft's new search engine) is trying to address this problem and enable the users to receive smart output from the search engine... But I am skeptical about it... I still prefer to use Google and browse tens of search result pages to may or may not find the info I am looking for...

Jesda
03-21-11, 03:45 AM
It sounds like Bing is trying to do what Ask.com/AskJeeves.com was supposed to do in the past.

I'm all for any search engine that cleans up the litter.

Stingroo
03-21-11, 08:18 AM
The other night I was searching for reviews of Samsung's C9000 series of Televisions, and for the first time ever I got so much bullshit static in the search results I just gave up. There are literally bots out there harvesting MODEL NUMBERS and turning them into click baiting website domains (i.e. samsungc9000review.com) that all pile up at the top of the results page.

http://www.cnet.com.au/samsung-led-ua55c9000-339302270.htm

3rd result from Bing.

OffThaHorseCEO
03-21-11, 10:50 AM
I hate searching for stuff. i was telling my gf something similar last night. she was searching for a book download, and lo and behold, the first website had 5 download links for it. she learned long ago not to click the first thing she sees so she called me over to verify. it was basically a useless website with torrent spams that cycle you through a bunch of pages then ask you to sign up.

Lately when i search for a procedure on how to do something, it takes me to a bullshit page where a bunch of people either ask the same question and noone ever answers it, or where 1 person asks the question then a bunch of people ask other questions. it has started to anger me

ryannel2003
03-21-11, 11:20 AM
I find it useful for porn, but not much else.

Stingroo
03-21-11, 11:35 AM
^ :lol:

thebigjimsho
03-21-11, 11:48 AM
wut?

gary88
03-21-11, 11:51 AM
http://tubesdance.ytmnd.com/

Playdrv4me
03-21-11, 03:15 PM
http://www.cnet.com.au/samsung-led-ua55c9000-339302270.htm

3rd result from Bing.

Yea I found that one. Unfortunately it's from CNET Australia and not the one from my favorite reviewer I was looking for (and he did review it). I actually went to a whole other brand lol.

Playdrv4me
03-21-11, 03:18 PM
I find it useful for porn, but not much else.

Thanks to ICANN, even the simplicity of porn is at risk... http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/oh-my-god-porn-is-officially-on-the-internet/828?tag=content;search-results-rivers

IT'S TIME TO TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK!

OffThaHorseCEO
03-21-11, 04:17 PM
let me just say that, as a child, i never accidentally stumbled onto porn on the internet. i actually went looking for it.

orconn
03-21-11, 04:55 PM
let me just say that, as a child, i never accidentally stumbled onto porn on the internet. i actually went looking for it.

And your parents thought you were an underachiever!

MacMuse
03-21-11, 08:26 PM
These sites fall into the general term content farm. Google just began implementing search algorithm changes a couple weeks ago to push content farm sites way down in their results. It's a never-ending battle but the alleged good guys are trying improve results.