Has Google become too popular?

Tonight, as I'm searching for something very specific on the Internet, Google is being singularly unhelpful. I look at the first page of what it has listed and, in my mind, none of them have anything to do with what it is I'm seeking. For example, I'm looking for something about some posters in Australia, so I click on "pages from Australia" (because I specifically went to "www.google.com.au") and what is the first url returned in my list: www.vandersomething.net. Hosted in and about someone in California. I mean w.t.f?

Another pet peeve of mine is that from time to time, when I do a search, my results are cluttered by "ebay things". Hello google, if I wanted to search for things on auction at ebay, I'd go and visit ebay.

So I'm left wondering, is Google now too successful to continue to be the great search engine it once was (and thus will become more yahoo like over time)? Or did that happen some time ago and that it is only the simple searches that I've been doing since that have hidden this from me?

Comments:

I find Google to be very helpful as long as I am searching for very focused things. Using any sort of words with multiple meanints, even in combination always results in disappointing search results.

In the case of looking for "pages from australia", it's not very surprising that Google was unable to infer what you were really looking for and delivered garbage instead.

Posted by Scott Perry on June 05, 2008 at 07:30 PM PDT #

It's been the case for a long long time, that searches about electronic products, such as TVs, stereo receivers, are pretty much impossible, because you'll have to wade through pages and pages of pricerunners and meta-critic sites.

Posted by Lars Balker Rasmussen on June 05, 2008 at 09:22 PM PDT #

@ Scott :
Localised versions of Google have a radio button like "(o) search only on pages from <Country>" and that is what Darren used.

It usually works well in my experience only when the country has a national language not spoken elsewhere.

Posted by guest on June 05, 2008 at 10:16 PM PDT #

http://www.givemebackmygoogle.com/ generates exclusions for that kind of stuff.

Posted by Ceri Davies on June 06, 2008 at 12:26 AM PDT #

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