Google bias, and Alternative more balanced search engines!

peewee12345

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Apr 21, 2009
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While seeking a simple solution ( Which has been answered here in MacRumors this morning.. thank you) in Safari/ Google, I tried to Search with this question in Google... I was offended that ( duh, naive me… GOOGLE !! ) Google chose to IMO mislead me.. I asked "How to set apple maps as default for safari?" I was searching for business addresses in Google.. and was "forced" to see half the story- apparently only Google Maps as default, never Apple Maps. Everything I saw in my searches "informed me" of the superiority, desirability of Google Maps… not once Apple Maps. I searched for many pages, and I consistently only saw one side of the solution- the Google side. As I thought about it, it slowly dawned on me, the inherited bias and self interest of using Google for search. Can someone add more to my new discovery regarding the search engines and their bias? What other search options do I have that will perhaps be more fair? Before yesterday, I had never understood all the various search engines, to me, they seemed redundant! Thank you
 

dictoresno

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You were using google to search for something and perplexed why the search yields directions via google maps or websites routed by or shown by google?

I told you this morning. If you want to search for something using apple maps, open it up and search for the business just like you would when using google. The day apple makes an apple branded search engine, your confusion will stop.

Not sure what else you expected for an outcome here. It's common sense. Each search engine wants to make money by you, the consumer, using their products to search, navigate and purchase. It's called marketing. Would you walk into a Ford dealer and be mad they tried to sell you a Ford when you wanted a Mazda? You walked into the wrong dealer. Same thing.
 

peewee12345

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Not sure what else you expected for an outcome here. It's common sense. Each search engine wants to make money by you, the consumer, using their products to search, navigate and purchase. It's called marketing. Would you walk into a Ford dealer and be mad they tried to sell you a Ford when you wanted a Mazda? You walked into the wrong dealer. Same thing.
And I WANT them to make profits.. I just missed one of the "dots"!
But with this profit captitalistic Ford Chevy analogy in mind.. I have never had search engines explained to me with economics of the search engine provider, prominently placed in their description. I have been negligent and just googled ubiquitously.
This whets my appetite for more knowledge about search engines and the products behind them. I don't think I am the only naive to search engines, person alive. Any article(s), ebooks, site, that addresses this eye on search engines from their self interested pov, would be eye opening!
Thanks again
PS I am 100% for capitalism
 

MrMacMack

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This is stupid. Why did you create this post when you already have the other one? Did you think that our answers would suddenly become different from the original post? lol
 

dictoresno

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This is stupid. Why did you create this post when you already have the other one? Did you think that our answers would suddenly become different from the original post? lol
its stupid to assume that he used google to look up an address and wonders why it then send him to use another google product to find it. common knowledge, basics of marketing. i agree this thread is completely pointless lol.