Every time Google says “First and foremost, we focus on the user….”, I get the feeling that something against the users’ interests is happening.
Be reminded that Google has been showing more and bigger ads in their search result pages repeatedly over the years. Read here, here, and here.
While Google is certainly serious about improving its users experience in overall. I suppose the shift in next 20 years also meant Google will
Track users closer and collect even more data to improve product stickiness,
Inject more suggestions in SERP (we have already seen a 35% surge in “people also ask” in July 2018) to better understand searchers’ intent; and then pushing more ads and product recommendations in the name of “improving user’s Google experience”, and
Provide better Google image and video search suggestions (probably allow users to preview the videos on site?) to increase users time spent on Google.
Does that red ball in the movie Minority Report comes into mind?
The whole huh-ha about Cambridge Analytica, FB users’ privacy crisis, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress on main stream media is entertaining. Watching Mark’s responses to some of the questions remind me (a lot) of the movie “The Social Network”.
Many of these questions and writings are focusing on the shallows or issues that don’t matter.
When you are ready to dive deeper, I suggest reading:
Recent Shareaholic traffic report indicates that web traffic pattern is shifting from social to search in 2017. Pinterest, Google, and Instagram came out as the big winners as Facebook share of visits dropped ~8% in 2017. Social network, in a whole, is no longer the biggest traffic driver for the 250,000+ sites (this blog included) using Shareaholic app. Instead, search is.
Search finally had a comeback year and overtook Social as the top traffic driver within our network.
I am no Bitcoin expert. I read the papers on how it works (years ago) and some news from media outlets I trust (definitely not Bloomberg and CNN). And that’s about it. I do not mine. I do not trade. I have yet to done my first Bitcoin transaction.
The idea of having a non-centralized, unregulated currency fascinates me.
Large banks, developed countries, and wolves from Wall Streets (Goldman Sachs might set a new stage for Bitcoin exchange) might not love it because that means end of world control and currency exploitation over smaller developing countries.
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