Stephen Downes

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Google Memory Loss

Tim Bray, Ongoing, Jan 16, 2018

My experience is oddly the opposite: I am constantly setting Google to search only the last year because I keep getting irrelevant results from 2002. This is because the things I am searching for are often truly obscure. Tim Bray notwithstanding, Lou Reed’s Rock n Roll An­i­mal al­bum is not obscure. But the main point here is that Google "cares about giv­ing you great an­swers to the ques­tions that mat­ter to you right now." It keeps track of things like how popular a page is. Bray says Google "it needs to be in­dexed, just like a li­brary." It does not.

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