Want To Know Why Google Sucks?
In this post I give just a few examples of why Google sucks.
You might not agree, but read on and let me know if I’m wrong in a comment.
It’s not that I hate Google. I’m not a hater. Don’t get me wrong, Google is great, I use their products each and every day and they really have a lot of them. That being said, I just had to make this post to speak my mind about a few things that Google sucks at. And when I say that they “suck” I mean that they are really bad in things you would expect them to be very good. Hey Google, sorry, but it’s your fault since you do so much so well that people have high expectancy levels about everything you do.
On your Android devices you can say “OK Google” and the device will listen for voice commands. But, did you know that if you say “OK Google you suck” it will ask you to give feedback? I have to admin, that’s pretty neat.
OK Google, you suck! And here’s my feedback to you
1. I Hate Google’s User Interface Design and Logo DesignTweet Reason #1 Why Google Sucks
Let’s take a look at the old Google logo designs since 1998 till today. I know that there will probably be a lot of people disagreeing with me and that’s fine, but I just find that the old Google logo is so bland. The new Google logo is not that different. Over the years they have modified it slightly by changing the font and going from beveled letters with shadow to the flat design icon today, but still I don’t see the message that an icon should convey. Kind of unimaginative from a company that is so creative.
Besides my daytime job as a programmer, I’m also a graphic designer. I don’t pretend to be the top authority in logo design, but let’s take a look at this:
Did you know where the Google name comes from? It comes from googol, which is what mathematicians call the number written as a 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Well, if the logo is a reference to that number with a lot of zeros, I have to ask this:
Why are the “G” and the “e” in the Google logo not based on perfect circles like the “o” is? Why does Google suck so bad at logo design?
I know what you will say: What does this guy know?
But listen, if you think I’m the only one that though the new Google logo sucks, let me show you something.
Google released their new logo on September 1st, 2015. There was even a doodle for the new Google logo. Now, let’s take a look at the following graph from Google trends.
Google Sucks Search Trends
There’s a spike right between August 30 and September 5 2015, when the new logo was released. This shows that people were searching for “google sucks” about 100% more times than usual. Coincidence, I don’t think so.
Also, I feel that Google applications have always suffered from lack of beauty on the UI side. Leaving aside the search engine, which one might argue that does not require a fancy look and feel, if you take a look at Gmail for example, it is anything but beautiful.
I think that Google always knew that it didn’t have what it takes to create beautiful UI’s, so one of the best moves they did was to hire Matías Duarte, the creator of the Material Design specs. I’m not saying that Material Design is the best thing since sliced bread, but it’s a huge improvement in the approach that Google showed regarding UI. Material design is the equivalent of iOS Human Interface Guidelines and I think it is the missing link that Google needed.
2. I Hate Google Application NamesTweet Reason #2 Why Google Sucks
Why does Google suck at naming their applications? Why do they seem to lack any kind of imagination in that area?
Let’s say that you work for company and you develop an app that sells books. Your boss asks you to think about a name for the app and you come up with the name Books. What would you expect your boss to say. Well, in case of Google apparently somebody said “Great idea!” if you look at Google Books. Well, that kind of sucks, where is the creativity. The same goes for Google Maps.
Apparently naming applications at Google is not only lacking creativity, but sometimes things that don’t make too much sense come up. I asked a friend, which is totally agnostic of smartphone technologies what he things Google Play is about. First try he said “A place to download music?” and then, when I said wrong, he said “A place where you play games?”. Well though the second attempt was closer to the truth, it still does not make too much sense that the place where you download and install Android applications is called Google Play.
I will not go on and explain why Google Drive is also a bit uninspired – I know it started as a competitor for Dropbox, but now it’s doing a lot more than you would not expect from your “online drive”.
Google Now – I wouldn’t even know where to start to explain the relationship between the name and what the app does. It shows you things now? Guess all apps do that.
The last example is YouTube Red, the paid, ad free service from YouTube. What’s wrong with that, nothing except sounds too much like RedTube, a well known porn website. Ooops!
3. Google Image SearchTweet Reason #3 Why Google Sucks
I have to admit that technology-wise the image search is quite impressive if you look at the fact that you can actually search similar images by uploading an image directly in the search field. So why did I add the image search as a reason to why Google sucks?
Well, first of all image indexing is quite chaotic. For at least the last 7 years people have been complaining about Google’s inability to stop spammers getting top ranks in the image search results. Maybe I’m missing something, but how hard is it to figure out where an image appeared first?
Among other websites I’ve been involved in is PSDDude a website that presents Photoshop tutorials and resources created mostly by me. It’s a very image-centric website and the content is original. However, though images from my site are indexed and show up in the search results, after only a week or two they are replaced with the results from other websites that use my images (with, but mostly without permission). Either hotlinking (images linked to my site directly) or not the result is the same, my images appear in the results but link to the other sites using them. Disappointing, but that’s the way it is.
Another thing that sucks in Google images is the fact that you have to click several times on the image search results until you get to the actual image. I can imagine that Google wants to keep you on their site as long as possible, but come on! Hey Google, do you really want to get to a stage where you iframe photos from websites just to keep us forever on your site? Not nice.
4. Google Now search based suggestionsTweet Reason #4 Why Google Sucks
Here’s a story to explain why I think this is another reason why Google sucks. I have a mobile phone running Android and I also have an Android TV dongle. Both of them have a Google Now widget on the desktop. One morning turned on my TV and on the desktop I got stock market info for Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI). Just that you know, I’m not into the financial market in any way.
So, how the heck did I get CODI on my TV and later popping up every day on my mobile? It’s simple: I remembered trying to reach this site “coding-dude.com” by hitting enter too soon after “codi”. Did that only once, but that was enough reason for Google to think that I want the stock price every day for CODI. I really don’t and would like to know more about other things that I actually access every day.
5. Site indexing and avoiding spammersTweet Reason #5 Why Google Sucks
I know that site searching is Google’s primary business and their starting point and one might argue that since they are number one they are doing a great job. I partially agree. Here’s my arguments to why I say Google search indexing sucks.
I’ve often heard that Google search indexing and search ranking is “democratic”. That’s simply not true. Considering that backlinks from .org, .gov and .edu have greater value than from other domains, and the fact that these links are often obtained via donations and sponsorship is only democratic in the big corporation kind of way. The reality is that it’s extremely difficult to make it really big on the web today without funding and without ads.
But, that’s not even half of the reason why I say that Google search sucks. I’m talking about the fact that Google seems to have a hard time to keep pace with spammers. I mean sites ranking higher due to higher quantity and not quality. Websites ripping off content from other websites will always have more content than websites actually producing content. But Google will always move up websites that publishes “fresh content” 3 times a day, even though that content is not produced by that site.
Google Search Engine Is Getting Worse Not Better
Google updates its algorithms periodically to try and make it as fair as possible for everybody. I realize it’s not an easy task and that they have made a lot of progress on this line. There is a “web spam team” at Google and you can file spam reports with them, though it’s my impression that the team is fairly small and that they try to make it difficult enough to fill in such a report such that they are not swamped with reports.
6. Google Hangouts sucksTweet Reason #10 Why Google Sucks
Google’s text and voice/video chat tool is a replacement for the desktop Google Talk app that was terminated in February 2015. Replacement is not an exact word for this since Hangouts it not a desktop app and works in the browser only. But my reason for saying that Google Hangouts sucks refers to the mobile app.
First of all being logged in in Hangouts on my Samsung Galaxy S2 will drain the battery in aprox. 10 hours. So, I always have to micro-manage it. It’s true though that the latest versions seem to have improved on battery usage.
Another thing is that signing out from Hangouts is a 3000 XP points quest. You have to search for the “Sign out” button somewhere in the settings of the app, and in the last version I think that they’ve moved it again. Not too great, especially because here’s what happens for me: I’m logged in on Hangouts while on the road to “hangout” with my boss. That all works great, we can chat if there’s anything urgent, but then I get in the office and I’m on my desktop.
Whenever I get a chat my desktop blings, my mobile blings. That is very annoying Google. Because you are already telling me that due to traffic I’m going to be late for work by 5 minutes, wouldn’t it be a good use of tracking my location and figuring out that I’m already at the office and not bling-bling my brains out? Or better yet, if I’m already logged in on my desktop, why would I want my notifications also on my mobile? That just sucks.
7. Why Google Sucks At Fair-play Against CompetitionTweet Reason #7 Why Google Sucks
“Don’t be evil” says the Google motto. Very good motto I would say, but very difficult to keep by. When it comes to being fair to competition Google, like any other “respectable” huge corporation simply sucks. And that’s not just me talking. Recently the European Commission has been investigating Google practices that violate anti-trust laws. Here’s quote from the EU Commision saying that Google
“has abused its dominant position by artificially restricting the possibility of third party websites to display search advertisements from Google’s competitors”
That does not sound too good. It actually sounds kind of evil. So, Google, don’t be evil!
8. Google Chrome updating and version numberingTweet Reason #8 Why Google Sucks
Ok, now I’m going to get technical.
I’m going to talk about why Google Chrome sucks at version numbering. For those of you who are not familiar with version numbering, it’s just a group of numbers tagging a certain software so that you can identify it as to when it was developed.
Usually it’s 3 groups of numbers separated by a comma indicating the major release number, the minor release number and the patch number. Every time the software gets a patch or a new release the respective number is increased.
What’s wrong with Google Chrome version numbering? Well it’s plain weird. In my view major releases are about “major” changes in the software – pun intended. The major release at the start of 2016 was 48. Half a year later we are at version 54 in beta. Whoooa! That’s one major release every month!
Hey Google, are all of those actual major releases? If I had a major change in my life every month I would probably go insane. And that’s not all. It seems that the frequency of major releases is actually increasing. So, we will probably reach a stage where we have one major release a week and then one a day. Well, that will be fun…
And that my friend is why google sucks at managing version number assignment.
As recently as a month ago an online study created a fake social network website. Its TOS agreements required giving up first born—and users gladly consented. Also, the study said that participants also agreed to allow data sharing with NSA and employers.
10. Google Navigation and Google Maps offlineTweet Reason #10 Why Google Sucks
I’m referring to Google Maps, the mobile app.
I’ve often found myself on vacation abroad and bound by charges limitations on my mobile service. I think that Google Navigation is a great service and I wanted to use it.
However, I did not want to have Google Navigation download the maps everywhere I go since that would have costed me quite a lot. So, I thought “hey, Google Maps has an offline feature”. That is true, and I gave it a try.
To my surprise though Google Maps offline downloads the maps, but they are not usable for navigation. Well, how should I put that, it sucks! There’s probably a technical reason behind that, but come on Google, figure it out already.
Here it is, my 10 reasons why Google sucks. My only intention with this post is constructive criticism and to point out things that Google can and should fix. What do you think about this subject? I’m sure there are a lot of you that have at least one other item to add to the list. If so, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment and let me know what it is.
Other honorable mentions:
11. ReCaptcha Google SucksTweet Reason #11 Why Google Sucks
You have probably encountered in many places the ReCaptcha “I’m not a robot” component from Google. While very useful to prevent spam bots, it’s also very annoying sometimes when it provides challenges like identifying a store front or indicating tiles containing street signs.
I have ran into this problem multiple times and had difficulties in figuring out whether a building is really a store or not. Also, with the street signs, am I supposed to also select the squares containing the sign support feet? What about if a small corner of the street sign barely bleeds over into the next square, do I also select that?
Why Google sucks so much even at such a simple thing like captcha I have no clue.
12. Google Wallet Is Now Google Pay Send. Android Pay Is Now Google PayTweet Reason #12 Why Google Sucks
I already mentioned that Google sucks when it comes to naming apps. But, they’ve done it yet again. In February 2018 Google changed the name of their payment apps from Android Pay to Google Pay, and from Google Wallet to Google Pay Send.
I got this info from former head of the webspam team Matt Cutts saying that there are probably memes running in Google about this:
“Wait, they’re renaming the payment stuff again? So Android Pay is now Google Pay, and Google Wallet is Google Pay Send? I wish I could see the internal memes about this.” (Matt Cutts Google+)
13. Google Search Engine Is Getting Worse And People Are Looking For Google Search AlternativesTweet Reason #13 Why Google Sucks
People have been complaining about Google search for quite some time now. You might think that this is very subjective, but here’s some evidence from Google trends. A lot of people search for Google search alternatives right on Google. Here’s the latest trend for DuckDuckGo search engine:
Please note that this chart shows percentage. You can clearly see that the trend is going up quite fast. I’m not promoting DuckDuckGo, but I think that competition is always good.
14. When Google Goes – It Goes Down With A BANG!
On December 14, 2020 Google was down. Virtually ALL of Google’s services including YouTube were affected.
The error was due to lack of storage space in authentication tools causing system to crash. Google has suffered a worldwide outage, with failures reported across the company’s services, including Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube. Beginning at about 11.50am GMT, the outages appeared to have affected the vast majority of Google’s services.
What is really amazing is that the company’s automated systems reported no problems for any services for the first 30 minutes. At 12.25pm, the company published an update, saying
“We’re aware of a problem … affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access [Google services].”
The outage was caused by a failure in the company’s authentication tools, a Google spokesperson said, which manage how users log in to services run by both Google and third-party developers.
“Today, at 3.47am PT, Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue,”
– Google spokesperson said
15. Google Search Algorithm Updates
Google regularly updates their search algorithm, presumably to make improvements.
That’s all fine, but sometimes their timing really sucks. For example, their major update at the end of 2020, they decided to kick out right before Black Friday and Christmas.
Why is that a problem?
Well, for preparing this algorithm update, they suspended manually submitting URLs for indexing for more than 60 days. 60 DAYS?!?
Can you imagine the disaster this spelled for businesses that prepared landing pages for their Black Friday and Christmas offers? They were unable to submit them for indexing, and basically some of them got indexed in time some of them not.
16. Google Filter Search
You probably never realized this, because you use it so often. Under the search bar you have the quick Google filter search tabs. It’s a way to only search results within a specific type of content. This is sometimes referred to as “term by method” and in the Google search URL parameters you will find this as the parameter
tbm. This parameter can be one of the following:
- All – tbm missing; this is the default filter, searching all types of results
- Applications: tbm=app the search is done within applications only
- Blogs: tbm=blg used for searching blogs
- Books: tbm=bks will search in Google Books
- Discussions: tbm=dsc will only search within discussions
- Images: tbm=isch does an image search
- News: tbm=nws searches within Google News
- Patents: tbm=pts search within patents
- Places: tbm=plcs search for places
- Recipes: tbm=rcp does a recipe search
- Shopping: tbm=shop searches for shopping products
- Video: tbm=vid searches a video
This is all great, so why would I say that Google sucks? Well, these search filters are great, the only problem is that Google will not list them all and in the same order. 90% of the times, the order will be “All, Images, News, Videos” and this creates a so called “muscle memory”. This means that most times, users search for a result, then click on Images for example to look at the results.
Google knows this very well. Because they know this, they sometimes change the order and instead of images you will get Shopping for example.
Do not think this is by accident. Do not think this is only to “improve” user experience. This is a conversion “trick”. They want to push users towards buying.
17. The Feedburner Google Mess
Google Feedburner is a product that allows you to subscribe to and aggregate RSS feeds for a better reading experience. Lots of websites have been using this service including websites I manage. You can use Feedburner to allow users to subscribe via email to RSS feeds. Once subscribed, users receive email updates with the latest content of the RSS source.
However, as with other products, Google decided to pull the plug and Google will stop Feedburner. Starting July 2021 email subscriptions for the service will not work anymore, killing a huge part of the product’s usefulness. This means that hundred of thousands of websites that were using RSS email subscriptions through Google Feedburner will have to find a Feeburner alternative and make changes to their websites.
Why Does Google Suck? – Conclusion
If you think you can add to this list of why Google sucks don’t hesitate to drop me a comment. Also if you are interested in critical analysis about other platforms, you can check out my other article about the many reasons why Facebook sucks and why it’s one of the most toxic social network.
Another reason. Google forced in 2014 that all websites have to be dumbed down to smartphone/tablet UI ONLY.
As a result they all have the slideshow format where on a tablet you swish with your finger to see each news item which works well enough but on a PC you have to keep clicking and scrolling.
Click scroll click scroll! Good lord!
I don’t look at news websites becaus3e on a PC it comes out ugly and weird. And even on certain browsers icons may or may not work correctly.
What’s worse is getting rid of words and replacing them with just pictures only.
If this is capitalism I HATE it and want ZERO part of it and I refuse to contribute to it.
Joogle! King of the Joos!
Google phones suck. As bad as they are at software they are that much worse at hardware and then how their software runs on it. Just like Microsoft, they have gotten to big and the inevitable bureaucratic red tape has surpassed being quick and nimble and cutting edge. Worse thing about Google is messaging of any kind on their phones!!!!!!
Google search engine sucks do to the fact that when you type in specifically what or whom you are looking for it brings up everything but what you are looking for
Google sucks because it takes over my android phone. I can’t sign out of gmail and it won’t let me send anything to another email address other than my gmail address (which I was forced to setup)!
Android is becoming more and more restrictive with every update. What was once an open, purely customizable platform now forces you to have five icons on the home row, just as an example. And speech to text has been completely garbage since 10/22. It went from being a service that I occasionally had to edit to being a service that gets an absurd amount of words wrong and places periods at random points in the middle of sentences. YouTube music STILL doesn’t have a quick scroll/alphabet scroll, and there are incomplete songs. But they are raising the subscription price despite complaints for years. If the Android platform is going to abandon what so many users have always loved about it, I may as well switch to iPhone, with its superior hardware and (irrelevant) social status boost.
Users of any system come in variations: attention span, AADD level, the knack for not getting lost inside any of a massive labyrinth of Google of the numerous settings mish-mesh of car-wreck interfaces as they can easily digitally transport via a seemingly pertinent clickpoint to an alternate Google sub-universe of additional blessings of confusing settings categorizations having the appearance of past pages.
I see visions of a Google-User Capability Measurement List having oh say 100 types of user skills.
I figure, from my experiences sitting with users to assist in the process of navigating various Settings UIs that 75% get lost in the dark Google forest, even doctors, lawyers, CEOs and other sharp-minded persons.
Seemingly endless, unpredictable exhaustive Click-Scroll pages on desktop, laptop or cell phone producing finger blisters and confused users’ angry brow furrowing is Google’s end goal.
I once went to a part of a major Texas city where the distance between building was so enormous that walking three building any direction was serious physical workout not transporation.
It reminded me of Google’s first attempts to scroll the hell out of users.
Most user who live in a modern world wants waste a hour navigating by mostly scrolling. A lot of sights followed Google’s move to destroy user schedules and lives as though that was a good thing to do to users. There was a time when that code editing was deemed hacking.
Today, Google settings UIs still have too much inactive visual & empty white space while causing even the brightest minds to get lost. Even a full page grid with alpha sorted Text Named in lined borders with alternate grid by categories would get a user to where they want with a mountain less time, frustration and yet allow them to know where they are and how to go to another setting item!
Yep! Google sucks! They give a poor example of UI layout that bothers people. I call Google “The Best Way to Get Totally Lost in Your Underwear.”
The sad thing is if you DON’T comply they won’t list your website at all unless you are exact with the name.
Most websites now you have to be exact or all you will get is shopping stuff.
The reason for that is not necessarily greedy businesses but the search engines catering to the smartphone crowd.
90 percent of the search engine crowd just shops and stream movies on Netflix so the search engines all cater to that and assume that you are going to do so as well.
If you don’t you throw the whole automated algorithm off balance by searching for *fence posts tips* to build one rather then mistakes when buying fence posts.
Or trying to find out some of the corrupt things a non Liberal President does you have to be super exact where you type “Bush is a”………….and you don’t wanna know the nasty things both true and untrue show up as fake news.
You’re on crack. The bias at Google is 100% obviously in favor of liberalism.
You’re completely wrong about that remark. GOOGLE SUCKS, PERIOD! I can give you so much more reasons why. Their policies in order to use their “so called products” is shit paper for birds. Here in the U.s. last I heard there wasn’t permission given to Google to mandate their users to follow every detail of suggested how to maintain the users privacy in detail or Google will shut your lock you out of your cellphone service. As a citizen, one with legal rights to her name and the freedom to vote, speak her mind. I find Google pushing their limits and the Federal government allowing it to happen by the name of TRUMP. Zuckerberg, has become Trumps lap boy and allowing Trump to give Google rights to follow people on the internet without their permission. Logging files without their permission. Why do I say this. Because I came across a list of my own saved websites and passwords and a list of unwanted saved passwords directly below. Who gave Google permission to keep a list of the sites I visited and chose not to safe my passwords. Especially when I have chosen to have my search history deleted from my browser everytime I log off. That shouldn’t be there period. I don’t use Chrome , can’t force me to use it either. So I uninstall updates to Chrome. I’ve taken the lengths to disable Chrome. But GOOGLE takes the very 1st opportunity over any wifi to update it and make the changes on my phone. I have to change it back again. I like to use Fire Fox by Mozilla it’s offered as an app in the play store once you become an account holder you can use mozilla Firefox browser. But not according to Google, if that’s the case why offer it in the play store?
I have another example; I was online shopping Bealls Florida online shopping catalog and Google’s Policy pops up over the screen I’m looking at telling me how I need to reread the policies of posting pictures of other people without their consent. They also mentioned the trouble I could get into for trafficking young girls across country lines. Now mind you I was shopping an online catalog from Bealls Florida lingerie department. If there were any questions needing to be asked shouldn’t they be addressing the store and not harassing me? I changed my passcode for Google not too long after that occurred. To “2 Controlling” it worked for awhile. But now Google refuses to recognize it as my password. Anything to do with my email address as well. They say they cannot verify me. I’ve had to go and purchase a new phone & number just to continue communicating with my fiancé and my physicians. Now my accounts have been hacked and my bank too. I’m at the point of filing a lawsuit against the company because not being able to contact my physicians is a life threatening deal.
That’s how much GOOGLE SUCKS!!!!!!! YOU ARE BETTER OFF WITH DUCK DUCK GO
The lack of creativity is beyond belief, no good answers when you ask google a question, they show you everything except what you asked it.
Very true! That is the reason I switched to DuckDuckGo and saw a major difference in search results and got much better results. Also, as I stopped using google, the youtube recommendations became more than worse.
I’ve also switched to DuckDuckGo. Not sure how long it will take DDG to also become a sort of a Google too though…
Yeah, that Capcha puzzle is my #1 hate. #2 is Google Ads. They are always popping up ads for either something I just bought so no longer need to look for or software tools I use daily in my IT work.
I hate Google’s Captcha because I feel stupid most of the times for failing to solve the puzzle 🙂
I’ve been trying for days now to try and connect with Google over getting into my gmail account. I’ve tried everything that I can do on my own and Google does not speak to anyone to assist them.
LOL it’s now 2019 & hope by NOW that yew were able to do something regarding the g mail. I was locked out “”not recognized email””,””password not recognised”” TRIED to reset on and on–truly believe they ARE still hacked and common sense tells anyone NOT TO be inserting a thing.
they suck,their HELP system sucks etc etc wound up on google chrome due to the intrusion and that cOrtana shyte /outright clutter on factory installed windows 10 when purchasing a new laptop–unreal–google chrome at theee time was NOT that intrustive etc but now they are crap on par for intrusiveness w/windows 10–
How about how they delete your 13 year old YouTube channel because they think you might have been hacked and you can’t get it back a month later yet? How is deleting the whole channel a reasonable solution rather than other ones other sites used?
I liked your post. I am agree. I don’t think Google to be the great thing.
All I care about is google’s search function, and I’m certain most of the humans on planet earth feel the same. At this point in 2019, I can almost remember a time when you could type anything into the google search bar, and a moment later you would have results that actually had something to do with your query.
Then we entered the year… oh, let’s say 2006, and the results you could actually use started to be lower on the page, then on page three, or six. Currently, they just don’t seem to exist anymore – unless it’s something you can buy on amazon, eBay, etc.
It’s nothing but garbage search results now, and for years I’ve just been giving up after at least half an hour of banging my head against a wall while cursing all the greedy shareholders and people in charge of search at google, which I hope goes out of business tomorrow and burns to the ground with all its money inside. Any query even mildly specific isn’t even worth trying anymore.
I like to fix old electronics sometimes. I used to be able to find a schematic, or a wiring diagram in minutes, but now google search is absolutely useless. Unless, of course, you happen to want a picture of the old radio model you’re fixing (or, rather a somewhat similar model), then you’ll be happy to find that some jerk put that picture on Pinterest, so you can just give up immediately, and save yourself the frustration of trying to “search” using google, because google’s search engine was destroyed over a dozen years ago – and I guarantee you it was all about money.
Because google is the horrible and giant evil corporation that is so much like Orwell’s Big Brother that we should be crapping our pants.
Helpful, and even necessary functions are removed seemingly every day, and for absolutely no good reason, also without an explanation of any kind. Google attempted to placate us with “Verbatim Search”, but they used their own completely contrived definition of verbatim, because that search modifier does anything but return results associated with 5he exact words you entered. I’ve had search terms crossed out on several occasions while using verbatim search, or when they’re enclosed in quotes.
Those modifiers (or whatever they’re called, nobody cares) are obviously nothing but more lies from this awful, evil “corporation” that’s eventually going to ruin everything else the same way it’s already ruined the internet – by continuing to make things that were once great on the internet really crappy, for money. It’s always about money, and pleasing shareholders.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing great left on the internet, and there never will be again, because google sucks. The really awful part is that all of the other search engines keep making the same stupid changes that google does, and there’s no alternative that produces anything but garbage… just like google. Sometimes you’ll get different results, but they’re still total crap as far as relevance goes.
All I know is I use daily to be able to type words into google, and I’d immediately
get results that could lead me to the information I sought, or “searched” for. That hasnt happened since my daughter was entering high school, and now she’s 26.
I nevertheless used to have to use all of these bogus search modifiers, or anything st all – you just typed the words in and got relevant results. Today, people tell me that I “just don’t know how to use google well enough”, as if that should be necessary at all.
Google search has been dumbed down and destroyed. It worked perfectly before, so that means it should still be able to do so now. Any other attempt at an explanation should be tossed in with google’s search results – right in the nearest garbage can.
I say we use google’s original )and now expired) patent to create a new search engine that actually works.
Here’s the catch – we make it some sort of non-profit organization, so that the greed factor is removed. It stays free, and free of ads, forever because there won’t be any jerks in charge of making a profit like those rat-bastards that burned down the internet at google and left us wandering aimlessly in what they used to call “cyberspace” but now they call “Pinterest” which, by the way, is the most useless pile of feces that has ever existed- besides the current iteration of google search, of course. Because that’s also totally worthless now… except to find a photo on Pinterest that leads right back to Pinterest, for some stupid and unexplainable reason.
So, come on, guys! Who’s with me?
(In creating a non profit search engine that’s just a copy of the original (read: useful) google search engine that disappeared circa 2006).
No kidding GOOGLE SUCKS!
Too many complaints for me to list these days and I suspect lots of other people HATE Google now and are using alternatives to Google. The reason I suspect this, Google is now airing TV commercials to win people back to “The Dark Side.”
I hope the ***tards go bankrupt.
Google Results suck..
Search for John Stewart (yes there was such a person) and it dishes up that idiot “Jon Stewart” instead. You have to add the word “musician” after John Stewart to get the right one. Google has gotten stupid as grows old.
I agree with you google do suck!!!
what’s the one thing you hate most about Google? was that thing in my list?
Sensorship. Google sensors everything it thinks is conservative. I spend a lot of my time on an Android smartphone. How I abhor that phrase. Many of my sites get booted. My push notifications get rejected. They suck
censorship is almost never a good thing.
Actually I don’t have anything else to add why google sucks that hasn’t already been detailed in other comments.
Google needs to be “taken down”. The only way that can happen is through class action suits of all kinds.
Pressure on the FTC to create anti-trust lawsuits and insisting this monopoly be brought to it’s knees by breaking it up into smaller companies.
Even that may not bring the internet back to it’s unbiased and pristine medium of disseminating info & data of it’s earlier years.
I’m actually hoping a powerful electromagnetic pulse will occur either by attack or a solar flare.
In the aftermath of that maybe we can get it right the next time as we start all over from scratch.
🙂 Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not. Thing is that I believe in expressing dissatisfaction with something rather than not. I don’t think that Google should be taken down. I think there should be more competition to Google. Monopoly makes Google evil, even if they try to “don’t be evil.
I agree wholeheartedly! Google is just a self seeking , self centered pile of bull dung! I hate google and everything about it. I sure wish I could find a good alterative. And DON’T advise me to use “duck duck go.” just the name implies brain-dead people trying to come up with something “catchy.” I would love to have something that wasn’t trying o insult my intelligence and actually worked.
Yeah, it’s very difficult to replace a behemoth like Google with something else right now. That’s a huge part of the problem. The best thing would be to find good, reliable sources of info for your interests and try to stick with those
Actually, DuckDuckGo is rather good and is the only search engine I use. It is cleaner, looks better and has no ads.
Firefox plus an ad blocker plus DuckDuckGo is a viable alternative to navigating the cesspool internet that google is responsible for, without using any crap service or crap program that crappiest of companies called google, makes.
Google is trash. The SJW’s completely screwed up this search engine. Cant find anything anymore.
Google exec’s should fire all the clueless SJW’s and re hire the engineers.
Why would they do that when those very people are completely in line ideologically with those SJWs. Why on earth do you think those SJWs were hired in the first place ? 😉
It feels like Google forgot what they were all about. I don’t know why they hired moron SJW’s. It’s like something didn’t do their quality control check at the door. Whoops!
Google used to care about computers but then more and more drifted to the phone only crowd and now hates computers so makes it so things break on a PC but works fine on phone.
It’s now a week from 2020. And, YES, Remember when you could use quotes and it would pull up exactly what you wanted? Now it says, “No results found for…”. That is BS. It’s completely Impossible. Out of millions of people not one person asked the same question as I did? Meanwhile a few years ago the same exact question pulled up pages of results. Google Will Not provide any results which actually answer questions anymore even on page 1,550.
If only Ask Jeeves was still around. At least that engine was meant for questions. All google does now is pull out one or two words and then list completely irrelevant results. And yes it’s mostly shopping things and it’s completely frustrating.
Google is now the Facebook of search engines. It’s embarrassing.
Google’s obliteration of Picasa and PicasaWeb in favour of Google Photos is an example of the sort of product dumbing-down that is rife throughout their stable of apps. Basically anything that was too complicated to be included in a phone-style app has been removed, including any method of sorting your photos. Now they have gone one step further and decouple Google Photos and Google Drive…lord knows why, since the photos still use your Google Drive space.
Exactly, it’s confusing the heck out of me, and I’m a developer…
Because Google is outwardly biased against anything they don’t stand for- political (and every minute issue associated for/against their party), competition, etc.
They should leave that BS out of their products.
They should just leave, period !
DuckDuckGo is headquartered in the U.S, so your privacy and trust with the DuckDuckGo business is weak because the U.S. government can make a gag order on DuckDuckGo to get rid of your privacy without you knowing. This is why people use StartPage instead of DuckDuckGo. American government has ruined the quality of businesses that are headquartered in America to benefit these greedy shareholder douchebags that don’t care about the quality of their services. It’s proven because Dell used to have quality customer service until Dell started having people from India, who don’t speak English natively, talk to customers who are trying to get their computers repaired. Dell bought Alienware, which is why Alienware computers became unreliable. Which is why former founders of Alienware left Alienware to make the business called Origin PC. On the other hand, some of Google’s employees are known for sexual harassment. Google’s employees tried to silence their victimized employees of sexual harassment with bribery in the form of money. You should know that American corporations are involved in a cesspit of sexual harassment, horrible customer service, and immoral carelessness of people’s well-being. All of these corporations don’t care about morality and quality. They care about profit at the expense of people.
Startpage dishes you up ads….from google.
Don’t get me wrong, basically any alternative to google (for anything !), in my opinion is better than google but serving ads from them is a bit too rich for me.
I made an article about “Why Google sucks” and pointed out specifics. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t use some of their products – some of them I have to, to make a living
StartPage is bullshit since it’s search results are based on Google’s.
There is no company for which I have more hatred than Google. Most of the reasons why I hate Google (though not the only reasons) have to do with their pathetic mishandling of YouTube. I’ll probably end up writing an extremely long post just about that. First of all, they’ll permanently ban a user like Mumkey Jones without warning, when he did not break any of their rules, and they manually issued 3 strikes on his channel at the same time (despite the fact that he didn’t break any of their rules) so that they could delete his channel. Then, after doing that, they went and manually deleted his other pre-existing channels where he had been doing podcasts and stuff. He didn’t break any of their rules, and they banned him. YouTube also willingly lets people abuse the copyright strike system, and people issue false copyright strikes ALL THE TIME, I’m talking about, videos where someone is talking about another person, that other person will issue a fraudulent copyright strike and get the video removed for talking about them. This is a RAMPANT problem on YouTube and the f****** idiots at YouTube refuse to do anything about it. Oh yeah, and if you want to go and look at your comment history on YouTube and delete old, bad comments you’ve written in the past — yeah, you can forget about doing that. When you go to “Library” or history or whatever, and go to your comment history, YouTube HIDES SOME COMMENTS FROM YOU. I had to actually go specifically to a couple of old videos that I remembered, and guess what, my comments were still there, despite the fact that YouTube hid them from me in my comment history. Yeah, so if you want to go and delete bad comments you’ve written in the past because you don’t want to piss people off and make people upset, YouTube says, “f*** you!” Obviously they don’t want you to be able to delete your old comments — because they won’t even show you some of them! Oh yeah, and what’s with that pathetic new monetization system? You say the word “porn” once in your video? Demonetized. You say the word “kill” once in your video? Demonetized. Google is absolutely pathetic. This is censorship at a higher level than ever before. And I’m not a huge stickler for censorship — but you can’t say “porn”? You can’t say “kill”? Jesus f***, at this rate we’ll only be able to talk about ponies and rainbows. Oh yeah — and you have an account that you created 10 years ago? Well f*** you if you want to log into it now without a phone number — they force you to add a phone number. I’ve had the damn account for 10 years. I shouldn’t have to add a damn phone number. Sure, you can put that policy into place for new accounts because otherwise the website would be riddled with spambots. But for old accounts that have existed for 10 years? I’ve had the account for 10 f****** years! You shouldn’t lock me out of my account just because I don’t want to add a phone number to it!
Oh yeah, and now Google REFUSES to let you use IMAP email on any 3rd party phone email app – even if you go into the settings and manually enable IMAP, Google blocks it. So if you want to use a 3rd party email app on your Android phone and access your Gmail messages using that 3rd party app — f*** you, you can’t do it unless you add the account as an official account on your Android phone and connect it to all your other apps.
Google (like some other stupid companies) believe in all of this STUPID account consolidation bulls***. I don’t want any of it. It’s garbage and unnecessary — and yet they force it on you.
Oh yeah, and their pathetic security restrictions. Do you know how many f****** times I have tried to sign into my account and been locked out of it? Jesus christ, you want to sign in to YouTube using the desktop version of Brave Browser or Dolphin Browser on your phone? F*** you, Google doesn’t want you to do it. They either just don’t let you sign in because they say it’s “not secure enough”, or they’ll do some slimy underhanded lies by blocking up your phone screen and asking you to enter a number that they’re blocking from you. They don’t want you to sign in or access your account. They’re pathetic! There have been times where I didn’t have a specific phone with me and I wanted to sign in to one of my accounts. I clicked “I don’t have my phone with me, I want to use my backup email” – they say “sorry, f*** you, we don’t want you to access your account”. Their security restrictions are WAY too strict and they have prevented me from logging in SO MANY times. It’s fine if it happens once or twice. But they have restricted me from logging into my account SO MANY times. It’s way too excessive.
And someone may say, “oh, just don’t use Google products”. Oh, Jesus, if I could, I would. I mean, it is almost impossible to use the modern internet without using any Google products. Trust me, I avoid their products as much as possible. I don’t use the Google search engine, I’ve actually had no need for it for years. I use DuckDuckGo, or extremely occasionally, I use Bing or Qwant. When I get in my car and drive somewhere, I use MapQuest or Waze. But if I want to be in touch with 21st century technology, I need either an iPhone or Android phone. I hate iPhones because they’re designed for 5-year-olds. That leaves Android phones. I actually had a BlackBerry phone recently, but since no one uses BB operating system, there are no apps for it! You can’t use a BlackBerry or Windows phone and actually have up to date apps. So that leaves iPhone or Android. And these days, I use YouTube as SELDOM as possible. I mean, if you want to be connected with people on the internet in any way (and you’re like me and don’t have any social media), you canNOT completely avoid YouTube – I wish you could. But I generally avoid YouTube like the plague. These days I use it as SELDOM as possible. YouTube is absolutely pathetic and I would be so happy if some horrible scandal happens that results in YouTube deciding to shut down. I don’t even care if a competitor or replacement shows up. Just get rid of YouTube. They are pathetic.
And this is just what I could think of off the top of my head. I really, really hate Google.
If the Android operating system were the ONLY thing I had to deal with regarding Google, I probably really wouldn’t hate Google at all. But they’ve contaminated the whole internet. Google really needs to just go away. I know they probably won’t, but I wish they would. They are an absolutely horrible and pathetic company.
There is no company that I hate more than Google. By far.
If you look in the right places Youtube has a lot of documentaries like one now called The Tube showing an unbiased side of how it all operates. A good series I learned about more mundane train operations I’ll never get to see as a passenger and how news can get things wrong on both sides. Your a worker and you get yelled at for things you cannot control unless the higher ups okay it. Your focus is on safety and passengers.
Yet these are all non main stream sadly so Youtube is known to be a shit hole for political agendas.
The author of this site really is the king of low IQ takes.
hey J.C., are you trying to say I’m stupid? 🙂
You are spot on with everything.
I love google so much I have closed my internet account with my ISP (using my mums PC while i visit). I am sick of the tracking, sick of the perverted intrusions into my personal life by google I want no more of this. I hacked my own phone to delete all of the preinstalled google bloatware crap. this phone is singing now 😀
websites made for “smart devices” turns me of as well.
I would love to go back to the pre google internet with netscape 4.6
R.I.P internet 1995-2020 cya 🙂
sad but true Laura
Google has made it impossible to claim a legacy Youtube account at this point. Very upsetting.
Google dropped the “Don’t be evil” motto from their charter years ago. Coincidence? No. They are scumbags that are brainwashing entire generations and censoring free speech. Their CEO should be hung, their company broken up and sold off.
You made my day. Their user interface logic boggles me. I’ve had to just scrap adwords to prevent me from having a seizure.
Yeah! google ads sucks the most in the whole Universe!
you visit any website and see in the corner.. Another google ad!
chrome is also somewhat stupid and so google puts everything to promote chrome! for eg. Whenever i visit gmail or youtube in ms edge or firefox i see a popup, saying : “For the best experience, Switch to chrome”!!
And your article is awesome!!!
and if you don’t know then one of the best topics i like is that “Any conversation saying that GOOGLE SUCKS!”
and by the way, US Gov. is planning to start a case on google for:
1. Google wastes millions to make it default service on Windows, mac and iphone!
2. Google Earns more than enough money just from google ads!
3. Google always looks towards websites where it can show ads! eg. that’s why they bought youtube to show ads! and you will see an ad after every 5 minutes!
And about me–
I am a 12 year old tech lover + music lover
a python programmer aiming to become a data scientist..
— I always try my best to convey that google SUCKS!
Google sucks because i cant log in >:(
The search results are highly personalized, often serving up results from local shops making it hard to find reviews or instructions about a certain item. The verbatim search mode has become less exact too, and cannot be used anymore to bypass the personalization.
Search results are forcibly passed through a Google server. It is no longer possible to select and copy the URL to bypass this, or right-click and open the target in another application. They want to keep track of what is clicked.
The flat design and version numbering unfortunately has been adopted by many other products. They will likely remove the number entirely because the modern way is to update software immediately without exceptions, and don’t care how far back a major change was introduced.
scroogle blocks wireless networks on search, youtube and gmail. It has to do with IPv6 and or DNS. Happens on at&T and cricket constantly. Pages freeze, you get presented with a stupid captcha or a security error that does not exist. So after you buy your great wireless plan it is almost worthless. This is the stupid scroogle genius of the internet. Not. Sometimes they are so stupid it gives you a migraine.
Google sucks because every search result is trying to sell you something and ignores your actual search. You have to be way more specific and even then results suck ass
You forgot Google News. It sucks balls.
Oh yeah, between using a couple of google services. Please don’t forgot how many times those bastards make you loginto shit.
You may not hate Google…but I sure as hell do! I truly wish that then would crash and that android would find a much more user friendly platform that doesn’t track, follow, sell, etc. etc. any and all information about its enslaved users. But yes…I fricken HATE google!!!
The reason I hate google the most, is that they have no phone support, and If you go thru all of their on-line “support” and it does not solve your problem You are basically screwed. They are making an obscene amount of money off of us, yet they are unwilling to help if you have a problem. They are so big and so arrogant, they don’t mind if they lose you as a customer. Someone else will come along to replace you. They are the definition of sleazy.
Dialer is gone,music is gone,movies are gone. You tube sucks in comparison to the ease of use, Google cost me hundreds of dollars in long distance fees now that I don’t have dialer. I hate Google now so much.
Google SUCKS because they promise a smooth setup and all sorts of features but have actually half-assed EVERYTHING. They have USELESS instructions, and gobs of shitty “support” by a condescending fleet of unpaid fanbois and fangirls who try to “explain” how to do something when you have already tried exactly what they said to do, then shame you that you “must not have done this right” rather than LISTEN TO HOW IT DIDN’T WORK! Losers. Complete losers.
After watching Billion Dollar Code, they really suck!
What has changed at Google Search around mid October 2021? From around 15th of October 2021 all of a sudden many main search keywords are showing completely different search results. They used to show people’s and small business sites mostly which is easy find for a collector like me, but since 15-OCT-2021 now first 10 pages of search results are littered with corporate websites and those of government and of Central Banks of all sorts with almost none of the small business, while the ordinary people and small biz seem to have been pushed down to the page 8, then page 9 and now page 11 and deeper. Perhaps the same situation with other major search keywords? Other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, Yandex etc. show reasonable results, while Google is often cluttered with treacherous hacker sites without any warnings to the searcher. Please share your information and insights.
So you make an article about ‘Google Sucks’ but then a freaking stupid google ad pops right up at the top pf your sight causing loading issues. How ironic. So if let google = sucks, and let your_webpage = google, then tell me what your_webpage equals . . .
To be honest, this article is full of a bunch of trivial, whiny, and sometimes wrong tripe. Who really cares about Google’s logo? Maybe a person who designs logos and wonders why simple works when they’ve put a ton of time into designing complex works of what they consider art that don’t work.
Oh, the names are too simple and descriptive… Your crazy, “imaginative” names are why I have to run three or more searches to find the app I want to my phone with 236,742,856 apps because every retailer requires me to download their app to get specials and I have a wide variety of apps I also use for work for different companies. I LOVE that Google Maps is named Google Maps because I can just search for “Google Maps” instead of “Quirky Lovely Time Find Your Way To Your Special Fun Place App”
“Oh, my pictures don’t show up attributed to my site because other much more popular sites have used them, many times with permission, but sometimes without that show up before me on Google searches because more people look at them…” Issue copywriter strikes and DMCA notices on the people who used your copywriten images. There are companies that you can hire for a nominal fee to do it for you. They have algorithms as good as Google’s that crawl and scour the web to do exactly that. Better yet, put up content that more people are interested in and do some SEO like any other successful website designer has done.
The next few complaints against Google are along the same lines. When it comes to Chrome version numbering, who are you to judge what is a “major” release? Beyond that, with the way programming has become, yes, several major releases (meaning adding new features, not just fixing a single piddly programmer’s bug fixes) IS the norm. This is unfortunate in some ways (ribbons and search REPLACING standardized and organized menus/submenus…yes, I do mean you, microshaft), but absolutely beautiful in other ways. A developer rapidly adding functionality is every user’s dream, as long as it doesn’t cause obfuscation of or elimination of features users used to enjoy. In the end, I, as a developer, get to decide the difference between a major release and a bugfix, though, not you, you dictatorial fascist.
Finally, I get to the point where you have a legitimate complaint. The privacy options on Google products suck. You are automatically “opted in” to tracking and data recording. You have to jump through almost as many hoops to stop your Android device from being a tracking device as you do for an iPhone.
Offline navigation…if you’re looking for an app that can be used for offline navigation, get one that is optimized for offline navigation. It might cost you $15-$20, but it only costs you $15-$20. Quit crying about having to pay another developer for his/her work, you entitled little child. I’m assuming you don’t work for free. Why do you expect somebody else to? Google maps is designed to be used online and the feature that allows you to download maps/routes is a great thing for when you hit dead zones but the app is designed to be connected to the net so it can, not only give you traffic info, but also add you as a data point to that traffic info. It can’t have accurate time to arrival if it doesn’t know how traffic is moving, either. If it let you turn off your mobile data and use offline maps to navigate, that would pork those features. My biggest complaint, as far as this is concerned, is if enough people are going 15-20 mph over the speed limit (which happens frequently where I am), it calculates the time to get somewhere based on that data. If I’m going the speed limit or 5 over, it takes me longer than expected to get there. That’s not a big deal if it’s just across town. I should be leaving 5-10 minutes early, anyway. If I’m headed fro NC to NJ or NY to get to a job site, that can make me quite a bit late. That being said, for a free app with no ads, Google maps is an EXCELLENT navigation software.
When Google goes down, all Google services go down…no s***, Sherlock. This is true whenever you use ANY online suite of services run by one company. Google just happens to offer the best, and therefore most used, set of utilities, mostly for free. Do they have five nines of reliability (99.999% uptime)? If not, they’re pretty close and that’s the gold standard that is the rarely realized wet dream of every company’s IT department. Try diversifying your usage of services. If Google is down, which is rare, use bing or duck duck go to search. Use Rumble or metacafe to watch your funny cat or llama videos. Snag a free outlook or yahoo email address as a backup for your Gmail.
Anyway, yes, Google sucks but that’s mainly because they’re an effective advertising company that gives away “free” stuff in order to get other companies to pay them so you buy their stuff. I wish we were in a world where everything was perfect and we didn’t have to pay for anything. I’d settle for the days when you bought a program and it was yours. If you want the next version because it has enough features you want, you buy it but the previous version is still yours to use. Everything has gone to a SAAS subscription model, though. I also love the idea of unicorn farts (they smell like everybody’s favorite fragrance all at the same time) and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. All of these are myths or things relegated to history and it’s high time people realize this.
Either do something different, yourself (you ARE a developer and graphic designer) or stop crying about it.
Since I am older than dirt…..I hate change. I don’t do banking, personal information, etc on my computer. I want to sent emails….receive emails and play games. Apparently Google doesn’t give a “rats” patootie what I want. I am seriously going to change or quit the computer all together and give my purchases to people who care…..in my own neighborhood.
I LOL’d so hard at the YouTube Red/RedTube observation, bravo.
There are hundreds of reasons that goolgle sucks!
What privacy your in their house.
You’re a Rat for the NSA Google sucks they’re a snitch I did the IPO for you guys I made you guys I watched you drop like a rock to $3 the only reason you’re making money and your stock price is gone back up is cuz you’re snitching on innocent Americans there’s nothing lower than a rat life is short eternity is long you’re dancing with the devil you’re going to burn in hell
I agree. Google SUCKS!!! I have a more simple explanation for why. It’s that they are thieves and liars that claim to offer you the world but mainly only deliver sewage. Over and Over and Over. It’s the only thing that they are professionally consistent with
Ok I have been “not hating” but judging google for so long I can’t remember when it started lol! This was by far the most interesting and hilarious article I have read. I happened on it when I was trying to Google how to remove cement from rocks and it kept pulling up mortar from stone instead! I hit the mic on the search bar and said Google why are you so stupid? Not thinking that so many results would be found ! There are a lot and Google is not ashamed of the amount of articles apparently! Google edge is the latest and if I could have a say in the matter I would say trash it and go back to chrome!!! Edge sucks, passwords don’t work, pages can’t be loaded but, I can hop on over to chrome and boom I have access. My job requires us to use edge but everyone hates it ! Well I feel better knowing I’m glad I found out I’m not alone in the struggles!
MAPS was able to get me from Tampa, FL to Albuquerque, NM 2 years ago with basic settings and NO precise location or other sources of data used. Now it cannot even find my location without almost EVERYTHING being turned on but, this is the curious part, as I passed through AZ recently (MAPS has been disabled for months but turned it on for this experiment.) I tried to locate my position and it had a blue circle covering a few blocks but when I turned on PRECISE LOCATION and NFC it suddenly had my location perfectly positioned even though I was 10 miles from the closest WIFI or any other identifiable source of data.
Guess the only real reason is to snoop and see if anyone else is nearby. If anyone else has an area close by with ZERO emissions nearby please see if you get similar results and if you can find any other reason MAPS has becomes so pitifully uselessly downgraded compared to 2 years ago?
Guess the 5 year olds they hire are not as good as they 4 years olds they used to use.