I do a ridiculous amount of searching, from random internet stuff to combing Proquest (and the totally broken Paper of Record, which has been returning blank results for some time now), and I’ve noticed something weird lately– Google kinda sucks.
I don’t know when it happened, because I used them exclusively for so long, but on a few things I was dissatisfied with, I threw the same query to MSN, and the results were way better. Yahoo, same deal. I’d heard complaints that Google’s last re-indexing pretty dramatically screwed things up, but I’d never really noticed it.
I’m really surprised.