Robert A. Uhl

What has happened to Google Search?

Many, many years ago Google Search conquered — there’s no other word for it — the Internet. None could stand before it, not Yahoo!, not AltaVista, Not Ask Jeeves. It was brilliant: a single text box, in which one could type anything, hit Return and get excellent-quality results. It even grew smart enough to know individual users.

No more. Today, I had a problem with sp-kill-hybrid-sexp (a Emacs command in teh smartparens package to delete the remainder of a line, respecting S-expression delimiters) hanging in SLY, so I searched for sp-kill-hybrid-sexp sly slow. Based on previous experience, I expected this to result in, you know, relevant results.

I got:

  • Release notes for a game.
  • The Wikipedia article on tigers.
  • The Press Trust of India.
  • … and a bunch of low-quality spam.

What the heck happened to Google‽