A way to combat the Google Effect.

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A way to combat the Google Effect.

Postby King Author » Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:31 am UTC

Just thought of a simple way to combat the Google Effect, though I don't know if this is possible in the first place.

Make a Firefox and/or Chrome extension that modifies your Google search results so that half of them are randomly chosen from the bottom half of the total search results.

Like, let's say you have your settings to show 50 results per page on Google, and you search for something that returns 800,000 results. The extension would make it so that of the 50 results on the front page, 25 are the top 25 results, but the other 25 are randomly chosen from the results starting at 400,001.

That way, you still get the top results, which are usually the most relevant (the Google Effect isn't bad 'cause it gives inaccurate information, after all), but they're mixed up with results you'd probably never see.
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Re: A way to combat the Google Effect.

Postby Menacing Spike » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:25 pm UTC

Then again the last results are almost always horseshit.

This is not directly related, but you can disable part of google's bullshit with the "verbatim" mode, using this URL:

https://www.google.com/webhp?tbs=li:1&num=50

You use this (firefox) to set it as a search bar:

https://firefox.maltekraus.de/extension ... search-bar

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Re: A way to combat the Google Effect.

Postby King Author » Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:31 am UTC

Menacing Spike wrote:Then again the last results are almost always horseshit.

This is not directly related, but you can disable part of google's bullshit with the "verbatim" mode, using this URL:

https://www.google.com/webhp?tbs=li:1&num=50

You use this (firefox) to set it as a search bar:

https://firefox.maltekraus.de/extension ... search-bar

Well, it'd be ideal if the extension were tweakable; fetch results from the bottom 50%, bottom 75%, bottom 90%, even from just the fifth or sixth page. The problem is that most people only ever look at front-page results, which only increases their frontpage staying power, reinforcing an internet cultural myopia.

Even if the really-low results are mostly trash, mixing it up would help combat the effect.

But yeah, maybe bottom 90% rathern than 50%. At least then they won't ALL be crap.
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