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    Is google becoming outdated?

    Just wanted to make a little noise and hear what others have to say on this.

    Is google becoming outdated? Frankly I am finding google to be a little annoying because when I try to search web development related information, the majority of the information that comes up is between 2001 and 2006. Frankly, some of it, if not a lot of it, is outdated.

    What about you? Any complaints?

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    This is an overstatement. Try Yahoo and and Live search and immediately you will jump back to Google despising other search engines.

    Maybe Google finds the old content still more worthy then the present articles.

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    I think it depends on you and the content you are looking for.

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    sorry I have to disagree with you there, Google is definitely not outdated. Like motherknucker said it's simply possible that the older pages are more relevant to your search. I find google generally quite good at finding whatever I'm looking for.

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    If there was a website with a comprehensive article about the ins and outs of a certain thing, that already had great reviews and massive amounts of hits, would you write a similar article?

    Well, not really. There's not a hope in hell you'll be able to get anywhere near that already well-established article, and there's not that much new that you have to say.

    So if you search for something and it comes up with something old, that's because the article is relevent, is very popular and has probably been revised a few dozen times.

    Computers don't change from one year to the next, in terms of how they work. Content from 2001 can still be highly relevent and hold the answers to your problems.
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    By and large Google is right on the mark with search.

    For example, when i wanted to download IE8, I used IE8 beta's live search bar. Couldn't find the correct link for the life of me. Google knew exactly what I wanted

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    I feel google is out dated as well. I think it's time that google needs to personalize the search at user's preferences.

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    That would be highly complex.

    The best and probably most efficient way they could do it is by seeing what you DO click and finding a pattern in it. They released plans and got slated for privacy reasons.
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    I have to agree that it depends on what you're looking for although some algorithm tweeks might be necessary for some newer content.

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    Do you really want to know what's keeping all those older "out of date" articles on Web development at the top of the search engine results pages when you search for anything on those topics?

    Incoming links to those articles. If you want those articles to be buried, what you need to do is find great (new) content, and then get a lot of links pointing to them.

    Of course, the age of the links does factor into the rankings, but if the newer content is more relevant than the older material, then it'll only be a matter of time before the older stuff gets pushed out in favor of the newer content.

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    I'm not a big google fan... but what other options are really out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz
    Do you really want to know what's keeping all those older "out of date" articles on Web development at the top of the search engine results pages when you search for anything on those topics?

    Incoming links to those articles. If you want those articles to be buried, what you need to do is find great (new) content, and then get a lot of links pointing to them.
    The best evidence of this is Sitepoint itself. New forum threads on Sitepoint are indexed in just hours!

    I'm sure even this thread is already there if you googled it.




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    Trying to fill the unforgiving minute
    with sixty seconds' worth of distance run.

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    Yup, takes about 20 mins for a thread here to be indexed in google.

    Live search

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    I dont think it is personally

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    I would beg to differ on this statement. I still think Google is head and shoulders above the rest of search engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherknucker View Post
    This is an overstatement. Try Yahoo and and Live search and immediately you will jump back to Google despising other search engines.

    Maybe Google finds the old content still more worthy then the present articles.
    I find it funny but its true. Searching in google is more rewarding compared to other search engine.

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    Google is as outdated in 2009 as Microsoft was in 1994.
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    Care to elaborate?
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    i think google is still very much...ONN

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    Same here I disagree, Google looks outdated in the outer part but inside they have a lot of projects coming and booming around the world

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    I think Google is not outdated, but as the Internet gets older, we will be finding more older articles in search results. I think don't think Google does much to distinguish when older is better and when newer is better. The Google robot doesn't read an article the way humans do, so Google has to make some basic assumptions against which it can apply mathematical formulas.

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    The real irony is that if the original poster wanted information published at a certain time he could use Google’s advanced search setting which allows you to select how fresh the information should be (day, week, month and year) and Google will happily bring back information that was published from that year itself. Perhaps the fault is not Google but the original posters lack of "smart searching" or awareness of how to search effectively. Also Just because something is slightly outdated does not make it worthless, some of the articles from 2002 are still applicable today and just require a couple of minor changes to take into account perhaps a new specification or a couple of changes that were made.

    Quote Originally Posted by sg707 View Post
    I feel google is out dated as well. I think it's time that google needs to personalize the search at user's preferences.
    Google can personalise the search at user’s preferences, if you have a Google account which has search history enabled, Google will automatically alter your search results based on what you have searched for in the past. “When possible, Google will customize your search results based on location and/or recent search activity. Additionally, when you're signed in to your Google Account, you may see even more relevant, useful results based on your web history.”

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    yes.... i think google need me....
    If by any means some1 knows those 2 fellows (i forgot the name)
    let them know
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainadaman View Post
    yes.... i think google need me....
    If by any means some1 knows those 2 fellows (i forgot the name)
    let them know
    What on earth are you talking about?


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