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josephus
April 29th, 2007, 11:13 AM
just wondering why other people choose google over yahoo/microsoft for search.

from a privacy perspective i find that i don't need to have google to know everything about me, so i've been thinking of using yahoo instead of google just to mix things up. the quality of the search doesn't seem all that different to me, but find that the other search engines seem to have a more cluttered display (more ads, etc ...). my solution has been to use stylesheets to remove all the useless information to produce a search results that look like the google page.

LookTJ
April 29th, 2007, 11:37 AM
Most of us use Google by their popularity in searching. Google is in trouble for privacy issues.

Live/MSN is provided by Microsoft. I don't like big companies that usually have unfair competition.


Yahoo which I don't know much about.

kerry_s
April 29th, 2007, 12:00 PM
goggle, if i'm on line i don't expect privacy.

Tundro Walker
April 29th, 2007, 12:05 PM
Google.

1) Simple page...

2) ...that loads fast...

3) ...and quickly returns...

4) ...relevant content

EDIT:

Of course, being the hypocrite that I am...I have an email account through Yahoo. LOL!

agurk
April 29th, 2007, 12:21 PM
No, I don't Yahoo, because they seem to be the only one of the search giants to actively assist the Chinese government in crushing dissidents. Microsoft and Google has so far only agreed to censor their search results (not that that's not bad enough). On another note, Yahoo is still selling a non-functioning program called All-Seeing Eye, a gaming server browser they bought and just ran into the ground. Yahoo is a scam and I'd rather side with Microsoft.

frup
April 29th, 2007, 12:21 PM
No one in New Zealand uses Yahoo. We are an educated country you see with 36% Atheists lol.

Salpiche
April 29th, 2007, 12:23 PM
Nice!
my @yahoo.com is my junk mail where I get anywhere between 600 to 1300 spam mails a day, while my @gmail.com is my everything else email.

chakkaradeep
April 29th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Yahoo is the other name of Junk/Spam Mailbox and when their mail facility itself is this worse, think of their search !....

Google - simple yet powerful

Hex_Mandos
April 29th, 2007, 02:18 PM
I like to mix services. I often end up using Google, but I like some of Yahoo's other services, like Flickr or del.icio.us. I don't want one company controlling everything I do.

Toontwnca
April 29th, 2007, 02:30 PM
I don't chose one over the other.
I don't use either.

M$LOL
April 29th, 2007, 02:34 PM
Here's my Google. CustomizeGoogle 4TW!

varig77
April 29th, 2007, 05:13 PM
I like gmail better than any other web-based email services. I also use yahoo mail as a junk mail box.

TheRingmaster
April 29th, 2007, 05:25 PM
heres mine, I don't know what I would do with out google. I would recommend this product for testing if any one is interested. It is called google voice local search (http://labs.google.com/goog411/).

illu45
April 29th, 2007, 05:29 PM
I use Google instead of Yahoo! for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the yahoo homepage annoys the heck out of me. Secondly, I find that Google returns good results about 99% of the time, so I really don't have much use for another search engine, even though I'm sure Yahoo wouldn't be any worse. Lastly, I still remember how Yahoo bought and killed Geocities, which was one of my favourite communities at the time.

aysiu
April 29th, 2007, 05:37 PM
If you have privacy concerns, why are you using Yahoo!? From last year: Google Fights Request to Turn Over Search Records (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5165530)
The Justice Department has requested records for millions of searches made on Google, AOL and other popular search engines in an effort to bolster its case for an online pornography law. The subpoena is for broad data on search habits, not personal information. But the request has raised alarms among industry observers and civil libertarians who wonder what kind of data search engines have about their users -- and what other, more sensitive data the government may seek next.

Google, Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo and AOL received subpoenas for a random sampling of millions of Internet addresses cataloged in their databases, as well as for records for potentially billions of searches made over a one-week period. Only Google refused to comply. The Justice Department wants to use the data to support its argument that Web-filtering software doesn't work.

drbob07
April 29th, 2007, 05:44 PM
I choose Google over yahoo because.

Yahoo is switching slowly over to "entirely flash based", and Flash just runs sluggishly compared to rendering HTML

and

Yahoo shows you everything whether you want it or not.


Google however is VERY simple, and you can make a custom home page with what you WANT on it, not what Yahoo wants on it.

So yeah, Google, customization, great services, and because it's a nice fast home page :)

mustang
April 29th, 2007, 05:50 PM
just wondering why other people choose google over yahoo/microsoft for search.

from a privacy perspective i find that i don't need to have google to know everything about me, so i've been thinking of using yahoo instead of google just to mix things up. the quality of the search doesn't seem all that different to me, but find that the other search engines seem to have a more cluttered display (more ads, etc ...). my solution has been to use stylesheets to remove all the useless information to produce a search results that look like the google page.

Trial google and yahoo side-by-side for a week or two. You'll see why most people use google over yahoo---relevant content.

Regarding ads, get the Adblock Plus & customizeGoogle extensions and be done with it.

maniacmusician
April 29th, 2007, 06:33 PM
If you have privacy concerns, why are you using Yahoo!? From last year: Google Fights Request to Turn Over Search Records (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5165530)
ah, good job posting that! I would have if you didn't.



Google however is VERY simple, and you can make a custom home page with what you WANT on it, not what Yahoo wants on it.


not only can you have a personal home page with interesting content on it, you can also host a simple website for free using Google's Page Creator (http://pages.google.com/).

josephus
April 29th, 2007, 06:36 PM
at the end of the day i'm not hugely concerned about privacy, but is the consensus that google is more trustworthy than rest? also it's not only the concern that they hand over my data to government agencies. i'm not sure my data is any better in the hands of a corporation than it is in the hands of government.

aysiu
April 29th, 2007, 06:40 PM
also it's not only the concern that they hand over my data to government agencies. i'm not sure my data is any better in the hands of a corporation than it is in the hands of government. In that case, don't use a search engine at all. Yahoo! is as much a corporation as Google is.

maniacmusician
April 29th, 2007, 06:43 PM
In that case, don't use a search engine at all. Yahoo! is as much a corporation as Google is.
Indeed, don't even go on the internet. Your ISP is also a corporation.

josephus
April 29th, 2007, 06:45 PM
i guess this is my last post then ;>

aysiu
April 29th, 2007, 06:48 PM
i guess this is my last post then ;>
Hilarious!

diskotek
April 29th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Indeed, don't even go on the internet. Your ISP is also a corporation.

that's making me scared... i'm trying to learn ssh things (if it's help in that issue).

maniacmusician
April 29th, 2007, 07:27 PM
that's making me scared... i'm trying to learn ssh things (if it's help in that issue).
aysiu and I were being dramatic to get the point across; you'll be tracked no matter what you do. But the truth is, most corporations don't really care and they're not going to use the information maliciously. They have more interest in lumping you together as percentages and look at data that way. They don't even acknowledge you as individual most of the point.

Our point, or at least my point, was to say "stop worrying about it." It's useless. You can do whatever you want, but in the end you'll just be taking unnecessary measures and worrying yourself to death. I'm not saying, go out and post all your financial and personal information online, but you don't have to be uptight about not using a certain search engine (unless it's MSN ;) ) or email service, or something moronic like that. Just relax, no one's out to get you. Use the internet as a resource to help enrich your life and have more fun. That's what it's there for.

Spr0k3t
April 29th, 2007, 08:19 PM
Last time I went to *.yahoo.com was to check on the status of my stocks and leverage which direction I wanted to go for buying new stocks. It's been about 8 months now and the stocks have been doing good as I track them on google.com. I can filter the adds on google quite easily... yahoo is another story.

karellen
April 29th, 2007, 08:19 PM
I use both & I like both

Mateo
April 29th, 2007, 08:33 PM
yahoo, because if you use any of google services it keeps you logged in all the time for all of google. i have a gmail account, but then when I go to google.com I'm logged in there. I don't want to be logged in to google.com. Ever!

karellen
April 29th, 2007, 08:38 PM
aysiu and I were being dramatic to get the point across; you'll be tracked no matter what you do. But the truth is, most corporations don't really care and they're not going to use the information maliciously. They have more interest in lumping you together as percentages and look at data that way. They don't even acknowledge you as individual most of the point.

Our point, or at least my point, was to say "stop worrying about it." It's useless. You can do whatever you want, but in the end you'll just be taking unnecessary measures and worrying yourself to death. I'm not saying, go out and post all your financial and personal information online, but you don't have to be uptight about not using a certain search engine (unless it's MSN ;) ) or email service, or something moronic like that. Just relax, no one's out to get you. Use the internet as a resource to help enrich your life and have more fun. That's what it's there for.

I second this :)

maniacmusician
April 29th, 2007, 09:35 PM
yahoo, because if you use any of google services it keeps you logged in all the time for all of google. i have a gmail account, but then when I go to google.com I'm logged in there. I don't want to be logged in to google.com. Ever!
Why is that? It only results in a more integrated experience if you use other google services, and it doesn't really do anything if you don't. There's the new "Web History" function that lets you view everything that you've searched for in google while you were logged in. If you have paranoid piracy concerns, you can turn that off. So I don't see what the big deal is. This close integration is actually a winning point for google. It was a feature that was widely requested a while ago, and they implemented it.

Mateo
April 29th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Why is that? It only results in a more integrated experience if you use other google services, and it doesn't really do anything if you don't. There's the new "Web History" function that lets you view everything that you've searched for in google while you were logged in. If you have paranoid piracy concerns, you can turn that off. So I don't see what the big deal is. This close integration is actually a winning point for google. It was a feature that was widely requested a while ago, and they implemented it.

I don't want any of those services. Furthermore, I don't want people to look over my shoulder and see what my email address is in the top right hand corner of the screen. I don't want to be logged in at google, ever.

Ateo
April 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM
i dropped yahoo like a bad habit the day google hit the web. Why? Because it had one image, one input, and one submit button (maybe 2) and always seemed to return a buttload of useful sites. And guess what, if I don't log in, it's STILL that way (well, almost). Why would anyone use anything else??

floke
April 29th, 2007, 10:59 PM
I do love Google (even though no google desktop for Linux).
But also like Webfetch (can preview pages from within the search list return), and Clusty.

Both are definitely worth trying alongside Google.

Mateo
April 29th, 2007, 11:06 PM
i dropped yahoo like a bad habit the day google hit the web. Why? Because it had one image, one input, and one submit button (maybe 2) and always seemed to return a buttload of useful sites. And guess what, if I don't log in, it's STILL that way (well, almost). Why would anyone use anything else??

search.yahoo.com has 0 images.

maniacmusician
April 29th, 2007, 11:09 PM
search.yahoo.com has 0 images.
.....how can you not see the "Yahoo! Search" image across the top of the page?

Mateo
April 29th, 2007, 11:12 PM
hah, i guess adblock plus removed it for some reason.

so that's 1 image, same as google.

josephus
April 29th, 2007, 11:12 PM
in computer science ppl often start counting with zero instead one

karellen
April 29th, 2007, 11:33 PM
imho:
why I like google: - gmail;
- search engine;
- docs&spreadsheets;
- picasa web albums;
- google dektop/talk/earth;

why I like yahoo: - yahoo 360;
- yahoo photos;
- yahoo messenger;
- yahoo widgets;
and yes, there is redundancy as there is choice and diversity, without these things I couldn't live
:)

panickedthumb
April 30th, 2007, 03:34 AM
Try clusty, get the best of all worlds, and don't worry (at least as much) about privacy

TheRingmaster
April 30th, 2007, 02:51 PM
for a metasearch, you can't beat dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com).

50words
April 30th, 2007, 03:30 PM
For you paranoid types, TorButton for Firefox is just a click away: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2275

Sunnz
April 30th, 2007, 04:18 PM
for a metasearch, you can't beat dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com).
I prefer how I can use google to narrow search down rather than expanding irrelevant results, see:

http://www.google.com/linux
http://www.google.com/bsd
http://www.google.com/mac

These things are great, I wonder if Y! has anything like it.

Mateo
April 30th, 2007, 04:32 PM
one thing I dislike about the new google is that they are working so hard on these services, when they started out just being the best search out there. Now with these ridiculous (and mostly crummy) services like Google Video, they are neglecting the search aspect. Take for example their blog search, which is just atrocious. Now consider the fact that no one has figured out how to build a good blog search engine yet. Technorati has come close, but you still get a lot of spam in your results, and finding blog entries longer than a few sentences is difficult.

You would think google would be on the forefront with trying to figure out the blog search, but instead they have one of the worst on the net. They are busy making new "services", because we all know that having an online word processor is a bigger priority than a decent blog search.

Steve H
April 30th, 2007, 04:50 PM
Google: for a couple of reasons.....

1) HABIT: I'm lazy, why change now?!

2) See No.1.....I've used Google for years, I didn't think it would turn into such a all conquering behemoth. But at least it ain't M$.

aysiu
April 30th, 2007, 04:53 PM
When people are satisfied with a product, they usually have very little reason to seek out alternatives, unless--without trying out the new product--they can see immediately the benefits of switching. I still haven't seen a case for anything Yahoo! offers that Google doesn't.

YODAR
April 30th, 2007, 06:25 PM
I don't chose one over the other.
I don't use either.

I am unhappy with Yahoo, as it has a habit of suddenly expanding the Firefox address bar on my Browser and obliterating all e-mail content...

You sit there long enough it gathers its withs and jiggles and everything is back.

It has a habit of running scipts to excess on Winders AND then telling you "a scipt is running, do you want to wait, or stop? This script nonsense doesnt occur in Ubuntu but the firefox screen expansion does but not as bad as in Winders.

Can anyone suggest another Linux-compatible tabbed browser?



Yodar in O'do

aysiu
April 30th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Can anyone suggest another Linux-compatible tabbed browser? Opera, Epiphany, Galeon

maniacmusician
April 30th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Opera, Epiphany, Galeon
also Opera

aysiu
April 30th, 2007, 06:42 PM
also Opera
Isn't that the first one I mentioned?

Fylk
April 30th, 2007, 06:44 PM
Google? Why?Because their news post/anoucments makes sense to me.

maniacmusician
May 1st, 2007, 11:18 PM
Isn't that the first one I mentioned?
lol. I feel dumb.