tkoola
tkoola
This one is spot on If you’ve tried to search for a recipe or product review recently, I don’t need to tell you that Google search results have gone to shit. You would have already noticed that the first few non-ad results are SEO optimized sites filled with affiliate links and ads. ... blog.timokoola.com
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Cheri
Cheri

@tkoola I’m always amazed when I input a very precise search term (or even a .com domain name), and what I’m looking for is nowhere on the first 5 pages of search results. 🤯 It happens a lot these days.

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tkoola
tkoola

@Cheri it has reached a point of "I am not even mad, just disappointed". Optimist would see an opportunity to do something completely new (I am not convinced of neither Duckduckgo nor Bing being able to do that)

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renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@tkoola @cheri My guess is that the days of the search engine are long gone. Nice things always have a limited shelf life because of opportunist jerks. Podcasts are still a good source of relevant information, and since they are still hard to (audio) search, tech-jerks haven't found a way to spoil it, yet.

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tkoola
tkoola

@renevanbelzen @Cheri I've noticed that I've started skipping ads in podcasts during the last year, I think certain limit has been crossed even there. Can't see this ending in anything other than more obnoxious ads and product placement

But, I agree, this kind of content makes it harder to stuff it with optimized spam

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renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@tkoola @cheri Yes, popular podcasts are often ad-supported and use tracking without consent, but you don’t have to listen to those. It’s similar to websites blocking my view because I have an adblocker installed; I skip those with a passion. It’s my bandwidth, my rules.

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rom
rom

@renevanbelzen @tkoola @cheri do you pay to subscribe to podcasts? A lot of the free ones are embedded with tracking, which sucks.

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sod
sod

@tkoola There are projects out there exploring new ways to search the web. I've looked into Marginalia Search and Kagi recently. Two quite different approaches, both interesting and worth checking out.

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tkoola
tkoola

@sod oh, nice, very interesting will go investigate

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renevanbelzen
renevanbelzen

@rom I believe with podcasts one pays to support the creator(s). Subscription is always free, often with ads, unless it's behind a paywall. Alas, this is changing, with some creators on the payroll of a closed network (cough, Spotify), with mixed results.

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rom
rom

@renevanbelzen ah yes, subscribing is free - unless it is paywalled.

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