Is Google getting less reliable?
It's hard to dispute Google's status as one of the darlings of the technology industry. Its search engine and other products are practically ubiquitous, and the company's moves -- from its product launches to its latest Doodles -- are closely followed by consumers and competitors.
But is the Goliath of the search world getting less reliable? As Mike Rosenwald reports, some users and analysts are starting to think so.
It's an interesting notion, particularly considering the firm's recent executive shake-up in which industry veteran Eric Schmidt stepped aside as chief executive to let Google's co-founder, Larry Page, take the reins and perhaps re-inject the tech giant with some of the Silicon Valley start-up mojo that it burst with in its early days.
But if Google's coming up short, what could do a better job? In his story, Rosenwald points to social media as a better option. He shares an example of a woman who turned to the Web for help fixing the crummy picture quality on her flat-screen TV. After getting lousy results from a Google search, she put the question to her Twitter followers, who gave fast, helpful advice.
Below, check out the exchange Rebecca Skloot had with her fellow Twitter users, followed by the results she got from Google that she deemed subpar.
Do you agree that Google's search results aren't what they used to be? Are Twitter and Facebook better places to get your questions answered? In the comments section, tell us about a time in which Google let you down and social media came through with useful information.
Old TV died, got new-fangled LEDTV. Shocked how bad/fake movies look! Can see sets, studio light. Kills it. Others have this prob? (cont'd)
(cont'd) Is that the case w/all LEDTVs? Recs for type of TV to get so movies look like ... movies? LCD? Plasma?
@RebeccaSkloot Try turning off the 120Hz/240Hz overscanning. Good for sports, awful for films.
@insecurewalrus I was wondering if there was some setting I was missing. No clue how to do this, but will check manual & report back. Thx!
@RebeccaSkloot All sets calibrated to look good (read: bright) on showroom floor; you've got to calibrate it. Pixar DVDs have menu for it
@ScienceMike Thanks! Pixar DVDs have menu 4 calibrating 4 animated and non-animated movie watching?
@RebeccaSkloot Yeah, they have a screen that instructs you to change brightness until you see X, change tint until you see Y. Works for all!
@ScienceMike That is so awesome. I now love Pixar even more than I did before. Didn't know that was possible. Thx! Will report back
@RebeccaSkloot http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/lcdtv/120hz-240hz-60hz.html; it's explained pretty well there.
Thx 4 fixing my TV today! It's example of how Google=in trouble. Googled 4 fix, got spam sites. On Twitter answer=asap http://bit.ly/gzGAhs
Thanks to all who shared tech tips and links for fixing my TV problem today. I <3 twitter.
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