Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lizol is not the same as Dettol - but Google substitutes one for the other, quietly

Look at my query and see which words Google has highlighted in its top two results. Why does Google think that Lizol is the same as Dettol? Isn't this tantamount to misinformation? Or does Google intend to say that Lizol really is Dettol, but it's just that us lesser humans didn't realize this as yet?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Google, when I search for AliExpress, I don't want you to substitute this word for Alibaba!

It's kind of audacious of Google to quietly substitute the word AliExpress for Alibaba.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Google conveniently shows results for "rocket launch" for the query "missile launch"

Google, a missile launch is different from a rocket launch - don't mix these. North Korea's fate depends on the difference between a missile and a rocket!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Google gives preference to its own service

For the query 2 nights in soul valley, which is a movie, Google's top result - which looks suspiciously similar to an organic result - is actually an artificially-promoted result for Google's own service. This could be illegal.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Google fails for its apology for results for queries containing the word "Jew"

I searched for Jew York Times, and I saw an apology from Google about the search results.

"We're disturbed about these results as well."

I find it interesting that Google apologizes to the world for offensive results that appear when a query contains the term Jew. But offensive is a very relative term. I get offended when I see results telling me that there were WMDs in Iraq, and that based on this fabricated and false propaganda a sovereign nation and its people were bombed back to the stone age. I get offended when I see unending China-bashing in Google's search results. I even get offended when I see that Google apologizes for offensive results for queries containing the word Jew, but does not apologize when there are so many other instances when Google shows highly offensive results.

This is one major fail for Google.



Just noticed that other people have also condemned this Jew-favoritism of Google.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

KLM ticket search fails for providing one way fare that is higher than two way fare

Who will pay SGD ~258 for a one way ticket from Singapore to Bali when you can buy a return ticket for SGD ~252? Just don't show up for the return flight. This is clearly an example of a failed search and a failed booking system at KLM.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Google promotes the Android version of a game in search results and severely demotes the iOS version

Today I was playing the nice game SimplePhysics on an iPad borrowed from a friend. I liked the game quite a lot and wondered if it was available for Windows. I went to Google and queried simplephysics. I saw an eye-catchy link to the Android version of this game as the top result, complete with user ratings icons, price, and 'Android' mentioned to catch the user's attention. I wondered where in the ranking did the iOS version of the same game stood. Amazingly, it was the last result on the ninth page, that is, it was ranked #90 by Google - and it had no information such as price, ratings, etc. Is all of this a coincidence? I doubt. Interestingly, Bing shows both the iOS and Android links on its first page.





Thursday, November 15, 2012

Google fails for providing incorrect flight departure time

Someone could blindly rely on Google's sometimes-incorrect information and could get delayed [or could go earlier than required]. This can potentially have serious repercussions for some people and in some situations. Screenshots taken on 20-Jan-10.



Friday, November 2, 2012

Google's entire SERP has only YouTube results - this may be illegal!

This might be seriously illegal, if this isn't just an experiment. Screenshots taken in Sep'12.