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For some reason today i searched my own full name on Google. Even just a few years ago I would get direct results. My info, my job connection. Now I can look at ten pages, and not one even slightly close reference. All sorts of historical first and name (typical English common name), first or last, and endless garbage with what I cannot even fathom a connection. Almost random crap! Reminds me of Amazon search. Usually endless junk. I have to go to Google and type in, and THERE I will get the exact Amazon page.. Odd isn't it?Anyway. over the past few years, Google has gradually become worse and worse at actually finding anything. I would say eight to ten years ago it was at the peak of yeah this is like really good results. And now, it is heading to compete uselessness, unless one is BUYING something and you have the exact correct name. In those cases Google still works really well.What's up? anyone know?FOr Wikipedia, I remember being able to search for say an artist, R Freeman Worthley. Ten years agao his name and history would be on Wiki. Now, zero info. I had wondered why, and recently discovered Wiki removed all material without a number of citations. So if The artist did not have say eight citations, he got removed. Wow. stupid. So because they did not have enough info proof, they allow zero. So now, there is ZERO info on that guy. anywhere I can find. (I am interested in R Freeman Worthley because I own a serigraph by him I found at a Salvation Army store, filthy dirty, I bought it for $7 FOR THE FRAME, and after cleaning it off. love it. As for Mr R Freeman Worthley, he was an artist in California, also head of some school there and he did a ton of serigraph works. Some of which are for sale on art sites.So what is the story on the slow decline on the quality of search engines? And all the others are no better either.
I have no idea how some sites even came up with information that has nothing to do with me.
Many popular web sites (AudioCircle is an exception) track you with ads and third party cookies. Your phone sends your GPS location to who knows where, with the GPS coordinates I could easily find your address, enter your address into the public property tax records database and get your name, then for not much money I can then get your phone numbers, relatives, public arrest records, etc. Google maps may have a photo of your car in your driveway, with your license plate number and along with your name I can get even more info. And all this is done by automatically by AI, even if some of the info wrong, it is close enough for targeted ads and phone calls.Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam shows you the relationships between these third parties and the sites you visit. Visiting just two popular new sites: Fox News and NY Times results in 109 companies tracking me, visiting more sites increases the links exponentially.If you are concerned about privacy you can switch to DuckDuckGo or Tor Browser but at this point it would be locking the barn door 10 years after all the horses have been rustled.
When you inform your phone # at Gmail they will checkout your complete name/address at the phone company and get you.
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