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Stop Using Google Search

Google search is heavily politically biased, on purpose. They are much worse than the alternatives. Stop using them. Change your default search engine. They are controlling what information you find online. They intentionally make it harder to find my stuff and the stuff of many right wing people.

This has been revealed by Project Veritas and by many, many examples people have found. I have personally researched it on a few topics including the search results for this website. I just found another egregious example where everyone but Google makes it easy to find my plagiarism post. Even just searching for the book without using plagiarism as a keyword you can easily find it if you aren't using Google. But searching for the exact title of the blog post still won't find it with Google – you have to actually put the title in quotes for it to come up.

I have one computer set to Yahoo search by default, another to DuckDuckGo, and my phone to Bing. Using a variety is safer – there’s less chance that a problem with one site will prevent you from ever finding some info.

Change your default search engine today. Seriously. Stop letting Google's bias influence your understanding of the world.


Elliot Temple on April 5, 2020

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I don't know what's better between Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo. If anyone has substantial info about that, please share.


curi at 10:52 AM on April 5, 2020 | #16275 | reply | quote

PS Guys if you're using the Chrome browser, try Brave instead. It's Chrome with privacy stuff added.

Or try Safari, Firefox or Edge. But Brave is just Chrome+privacy so I think it's basically the same as Chrome but better.

Chrome sucks at battery life btw. I believe Safari is the best at that.

Also, guys, be sure to use an ad blocker. I have 1Blocker on iphone. I recommend Ublock Origin for any browser where it's available (not Safari anymore and idk about mobile).

Note: Your ad blocker should prevent video ads on youtube, not just banner and sidebar ads on articles.

I haven't tested Brave enough yet to know how good their built in ad blocking is.

PS:

https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/comments/d18cpi/explanation_of_the_state_of_ublock_origin_and/

> Chrome will itself be ending support for uBlockOrigin soon.

So then you might need to switch to Firefox for the best ad blocking. The page has a lot of good info, though one problematic thing is it claims a recent update got Firefox battery usage similar to safari and chrome. But safari is way ahead of chrome so that doesn't entirely make sense.


curi at 11:09 AM on April 5, 2020 | #16276 | reply | quote

#16276

I have tested Brave for about two months now. I like it. I use it on my computer, iPhone and iPad. I wrote some about it here:

https://nicholasderoj.com/2020/03/31/i-switched-browser-to-brave/


nikluk at 9:55 PM on April 5, 2020 | #16281 | reply | quote

None of them are any good anymore yet forced to be tolerated. When less people used the internet searching was very useful even for tangential information. Now it's becoming harder to get basic school questions answered on hard facts like biology or fossil evidence without refining search criteria over and over to avoid wide nets like webmd.

Youtube recommendations are even worse. The old way that was possibly keyword linking was more useful than whatever this seemingly 'AI' algorithm is trying to do. 98/100 chance a recommended video is unwanted and just a video I've watched before.

Haven't used google search as primary engine for years.


Anonymous at 12:48 PM on April 6, 2020 | #16287 | reply | quote

I hear leftists all the time complaining about big tech allowing misinformation to spread. They want to brake the companies and regulate them. Have you Elliot written something about this? Or can anyone refer me to a good liberal response .


Anonymous at 2:38 PM on April 6, 2020 | #16291 | reply | quote

curi at 2:53 PM on April 6, 2020 | #16293 | reply | quote

In your thread called "Making Idea Trees" you have a node called "Getting Unstuck." Under that node is "Search for info about your topic." Under that node is "Google."

This is a blatant contradiction to this post. I want a refund.


Anonymous at 6:11 AM on April 9, 2020 | #16323 | reply | quote

#16323 I'm aware of the issue. Do you think "web search" or "internet search" is better? They're longer and I'm concerned about some people getting confused.


curi at 8:04 AM on April 9, 2020 | #16324 | reply | quote

#16324 I made a Conflict Cloud for this.

You can learn about Conflict Clouds from Eli Goldratt (read *The Goal* then *It's Not Luck*) or from my SubscribeStar post today ($5 media tier).


curi at 10:45 AM on April 9, 2020 | #16325 | reply | quote

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