Google Search is the search engine that most people use in the world; this is because Google profiles you and suggests the best results for the term searched.
There are downsides to profiling users, the biggest being that you’re not seeing organic results but results that will fit your liking and a made-up picture of what you may look for.
This seems like an advantage, but the truth is that it is not; when you get non-organic results, it means that an algorithm is deciding what you see, and even though it’s something you may like it doesn’t translate into being a neutral non-biased result.
For a better understanding let me exemplify:
Fact 1: you’re a supporter of X political wing. You search for a political opinion for the next election round.
Fact 2: you search for “Vaccine Supporters”, “Joe Biden funny facts”.
An organic result should include non-biased opinion from both parties (supporters and detractors). However, Google algorithm results will be biased towards the current search term and your previously visited websites, or search terms (Fact 2).
You probably think that there is no harm in the matter but there is; People are getting results in which Google is creating each person an isolated bubble and the truth of the matter is that humans need to debate to find common grounds and move forward into the future; isolating a user in only their thoughts is driving each person to drift to their mind, and their mind only.
There are a few alternatives, and they all offer a wide range of options and features that differentiate from Google’s Search Engine. Let’s look at some:
- DuckDuckGo — Privacy, simplified.
- Startpage.com — The world’s most private search engine
- Ecosia — the search engine that plants trees
Unfortunately, Google Search outperforms any other alternative, as over 84% of the public internet uses their trackers and robots which gives them an advantage that no other search engine has. So, in the end, it’s up to you.
Would you prefer better, but biased results, or would you prefer organic ones?
I use DuckDuckGo and for those rare occasions in which I don’t get any useful result i used the !bangs to solve it