Go on, try using a search engine other than Google. Please.
I know I’ve said this before, but it’s even more important these days as Google is doing a lot of things that can skew your search results. Karen Blakeman’s recent blog entries should be enough to make anyone think twice about solely relying on Google:
Google personalisation: web history isn’t the only problem
So what to try instead? For starters, how about DuckDuckGo (yes, funny name), Bing (I’m still loving the photos!) and Dogpile (which combines results from Google, Bing and Yahoo). Karen also recommends Blekko.
Even though I do use alternatives, I’m still sometimes surprised/dismayed/horrified/”yikes, Google didn’t find me that! Humph!” at how different the results can be from those Google had given me. Put it this way, if I hadn’t searched across more than Google for data on a small, new company that I was asked to research recently, I would have missed out on some very significant information that Google just wasn’t showing me.
It’s not that Google is completely useless, but it increasingly likes to “do things” with our searches. I highly recommend Karen’s blog if you want to keep tabs on Google’s little missions of mischief!