If this is fresh, give me stale/Google-Update

Google Blog:

Giving you fresher, more recent search results
11/03/2011 08:19:00 AM
Search results, like warm cookies right out of the oven or cool refreshing fruit on a hot summer’s day, are best when they’re fresh. Even if you don’t specify it in your search, you probably want search results that are relevant and recent.

If I search for [olympics], I probably want information about next summer’s upcoming Olympics, not the 1900 Summer Olympics (the only time my favorite sport, cricket, was played). Google Search uses a freshness algorithm, designed to give you the most up-to-date results, so even when I just type [olympics] without specifying 2012, I still find what I’m looking for.

This is not what we translators want, and how does Google know what the majority of searchers want?

This follows another idiotic change: it used to be easier to search for obscure words. Now, Google says ‘Did you mean X? Searching for X’ – you can click on your original term if you still want it.

Some colleagues say they are using DuckDuckGo and Blekko.

2 thoughts on “If this is fresh, give me stale/Google-Update

  1. It is incredibly frustrating. You spend hours learning how to spell in various languages according to various regional and historical conventions and then along comes Google like a provincial schoolmaster and tells you you’re an illiterate.

    http://scroogle.org/ isn’t bad.

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