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I’m reblogging this whole post while only reading part of it. This is what caught my eye:

"In other words, it makes the new Google behave more like the old Google."

I’ve been thinking for awhile that something was off in Google’s search results. The “friends and people you know” or whatever the hell it’s called only recently appeared at the top and doesn’t seem to change what’s below. I’ll read this at some point (in theory) and figure out if it solves my first world problem of not getting the search results I want.

The real thing about Google is that it’s a popularity contest. The more popular links go first. Like high school. I understand that they have to have SOME sort of criteria. As one of the not-popular crowd, that one rubs me the wrong way. Just because more people link to a site doesn’t mean it’s better.


Kudos to Facebook (with some help from Twitter and MySpace) for having the balls to do this. It’s a bookmarklet that replaces Google’s new “People and Pages” area, the hardcoded social search area, and the search completion drop-down, with organic results. 

In other words, it makes the new Google behave more like the old Google.

There has been a lot of back and forth in recent weeks over Google’s new Search+ functionality — about how “fair” it is, and whether or not it should lead to antitrust inquiries. But the bottom line is this:

Search+ makes Google worse. It replaces relevancy with Google’s own agenda to pump up Google+.

I say kudos to Facebook because while this isn’t an official app they created, they let their key product manager, Blake Ross, work on it and deploy it knowing full well that everyone would immediately tie it to Facebook. That in turn will put some heat back on Facebook, which itself is far from fully open with regard to data — and is gearing up to IPO. 

But again, the key issue here is that what Google is doing with Search+ is making Google worse. This bookmarklet illustrates that in a very effective way. 

John Battelle and Danny Sullivan have more on this, as do others. And be sure to watch the Focus On The User walk-through video, narrated by Ross himself.