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I am a bit dismayed at how the results from a Google search seem to have changed over the years.

Previously one could copy a small section of text and search for it with a high degree of possibility that the engine would find it. This does not seem to be the case today. Could anyone direct me to a search engine that is more faithful to computer users and less so towards the greater forces of advertisers.

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I tend to use dogpile http://www.dogpile.com/ as I get fed up with Google adds and terms and conditions of use keep popping up.

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You could try https://www.ixquick.com. With the added benefit that they don't save all your searches and sell them to the highest bidder or hand them over to the NSA.
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Tanks for that. It seems much better. I wonder if it would be possible to get the bulk of users to switch from the big boys like G @ M ? Even if it was, would it make any difference?

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Nifty wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:32 am
I am a bit dismayed at how the results from a Google search seem to have changed over the years.

Previously one could copy a small section of text and search for it with a high degree of possibility that the engine would find it. This does not seem to be the case today. Could anyone direct me to a search engine that is more faithful to computer users and less so towards the greater forces of advertisers.
While you're waiting, if you enclose your piece of text in quotation marks, that instructs Google to look for the phrase as written, rather than it's best guess at what it thinks you might have wanted. I've just done a search for "with a high degree of possibility" and it returns just four results (but not this thread ... yet!)

Part of the problem nowadays, compared to the good ol' days, is that there is vastly more text out there in cyberspace, so even if Google didn't keep fiddling with their algorithm and trying to personalise it to your previous searching and a browsing behaviour, the results would not be as succint as before.

As someone who does a lot of research (for work and for amusement), I still find Google finds more useful material than other engines - provided you turn off all personalisation, and use a range of keywords and phrases (in quotes) :ugeek:

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Hi CR

Have you tried Duckduckgo and Qwant ?
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george wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:11 pm
Hi CR

Have you tried Duckduckgo and Qwant ?
apologies, should have been addressed to Nifty not CR, also as I'm here, I would like to mention that there is an extension named Ghostery that blocks out ads, has worked well for me but of course I do not know if Ghostery is collecting the data for themselves, minefield, the whole thing
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Ghostery does a reasonably good job of blocking ads but the OP wanted to know about alternative browsers that don't push forward results from paid advertisers, etc. People expect results based on their search criteria, not based on advertisers getting priority because they bribe Google. Qwant as mentioned above doesn't do this and is a more European biased browser, which might be quite useful in some cases.
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yeah o.k but out of curiosity, what about ducduckgo ? Do you think its any better ? I'm just aware of it, hardly ever use it
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Startpage is quite good, and Quant is good for French searches especially.

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