Google Is Making A Big Change To The Way It Serves Search Results

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  1. mood

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    Google Is Making A Big Change To The Way It Serves Search Results
    Meet BERT, the machine-powered language processing technology
    October 25, 2019
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/google-search-bert-natural-language-processing
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    I wonder how this will play out. In general I'm still happy with Google Search, it's still better than other search engines. But sometimes I do wish for even better results. I also don't have any problems with their text-based ads.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

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    Overall, Internet search has been mostly useless since around 2013-4. So.
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  4. longshots

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    You can't just drop a bomb like that without some backup.
    Search results leave a lot to be desired, but "mostly useless" is a very severe indictment.
     
  5. Keatah

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    IMHO returned results are fluffy, full of commerce and based on what other people search for in pop culture. In shorter words - mostly useless.
     
  6. Mrkvonic

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    Yes I can. The shift to mobile has rendered the classic search pretty much irrelevant. Most people don't search the way we do, and so there's no real need for it anymore. The Internet's come down to 15-20 icons that a typical simian has on their phone.

    Just search based on article title and url. If you've done this in the past and do it now, you will see the difference. Previously, it would be, out of 10 searches, 7-8 relevant links, 1-2 semi-relevant links, nowadays, it's 1-2 relevant links, 1-2 partial links (only one or two keywords), and 5-6 content farms and nonsense.

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    I don't know if I'm agreeing or disagreeing. But I find searching on my mobile most times quite irritating. But searching from my laptop is almost always trouble free.
     
  8. longshots

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    I have no experience in using search on my mobile. I am a rarity, although probably not on this forum, who only uses their mobile for calls and texts. My comment related to a desktop, which does have a better than 20% result.
     
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    learn a few boolean operators for one's respective search engine and it should be good, also would google abandon or demote it's homeuser base ?
     
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  12. mood

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    It’s not just you: Google added annoying icons to search on desktop
    The company says the goal is to make clearer where links will lead
    January 17, 2020

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/17/21070871/google-favicon-search-icons-links-brands
     
  13. Rasheed187

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    LOL, I already commented on this issue, but these tweaks don't really fix anything for me. It looks like this new layout was designed by a 10 year old kid, it looks like crap! I've switched to DuckDuckGo, it's growing on me and I won't return to Google unless they bring back the exact same look.
     
  14. Mrkvonic

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    It is designed for the average person, i.e. someone with IQ 85. That's modern technology for you.
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    I guess they didn't work because your Google search was regional (not google.com, maybe google.nl).
    Code:
    google.*##.xA33Gc
    on uBO should fix it (don't use it on ABP). If it didn't work, investigating the cause is your homework.
     
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    @142395
    Thanks for the above code for uBO.
    Works a treat.
     
  17. Adric

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    Is there any way to revert back to having the title before the URL as it was before?
     
  18. 142395

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    @stapp You're welcome!;)

    For example, these uBO codes can achieve what you described:
    Code:
    google.*##.xA33Gc
    google.*##.r > a:style(display: flex; flex-direction: column;)
    google.*##.TbwUpd:style(order: 2; padding-bottom: 2px !important; padding-top: 0 !important;)
    google.*##.LC20lb:style(order: 1; margin-bottom: 0 !important;)
    google.*##.B6fmyf:style(top: 27px !important;)
    https://i.imgur.com/xd5k6oa.png
    These are basically meant for the latest browser; old browser may require vendor-prefix (browser-specific codes) and old uBO may not support style syntax. I'm no CSS expert so there may be better solution.
     

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    +1

    Thanks @142395
     
  20. Adric

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    As far as I can tell your filter is working with FF ESR 52.9 + UBO legacy 1.16.4.7. Thanks!
     
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    Google’s latest user-hostile design change makes ads and search results look identical
    January 23, 2020
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/23/squint-and-youll-click-it/
     
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    @wat0114 @Adric You're welcome, nice to hear they're working for you!
     
  23. Rasheed187

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    I could have sworn I already commented on this. But what I meant is that even with these tweaks, the new Google Search still looks ugly. DuckDuckGo looks way better. And yes, your codes do also work for me.
     
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    Google decides to 'iterate' on its deceptive favicon search plan
    January 24, 2020
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/351...ate-on-its-deceptive-favicon-search-plan.html
     
  25. Rasheed187

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    I can't believe it, but I had to switch back to Google because DuckDuckGo didn't always give me the best search results, plus the site loads a bit choppy. They really need to fix this if they want to challenge Google. Sadly enough, Google Search still looks like crap, they should bring back the old look.
     
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