This is just a ‘commentary’ so to speak - and will hopefully generate some discussion that might lead to - well, anything better than Google and their minions.
I travel a great deal. I’ve noticed in the last year that whenever I do a search, the results are narrowed down into the country I am in. For example, there is a Chinese agency that certifies certain products as minemonics and Halal. I was to find a particular certification logo.
However, all logo results in Bing/Googlized images were ‘harmonics’ and went from that to auto dealers, cars, boats. I went to, and found it by using Baidu. I don’t read or speak Chinese!
I don’t travel with a cache or history. I understand how search engines work, and how Bing and Google work (they are NOT search engines).
I am also very adept with Boolean logic vs. search algorithms. What I see more of, is Google and Bing making the World Wide Web (www) into the Local Wide Web (LWW). In short, we get results based on what local advertisers have to show - not what we want, it’s what they want.
We use to “Surf the Information Highway” now we browse the local Google/Bing/Yahoo… et al catalog!
We do have other offerings, Startpage (SP) and Duck Duck Go (DDG) but SP uses Google and DDC has limited parameters as well, it’s censor board is paranoid.
Using a VPN can limit searches to the localized landing hub (i.e. if your’e in London and VPN landing is Paris - results are local to France).
IMO - the WWW died with the birth of Google and Bings control of shoving what is à propo to locale advertisers.
A Privacy Tools IO (PTI) search engine that uses the similar boolean logic from the 1990’s that encompasses the WWW, not the users location, history, and profile (there would be no profile) with results that are not scaled to how much the web site paid into the Google popularity contest, but display results based on the relevance user input and of the indexed data. KISS with Boolean operands.
AltaVista, and Lycos had the right idea, until RanDex and BackRub road into town, bought drinks for everyone and we all woke up with this damned hangover called Google.
The web is getting smaller every day - too small and while not long ago, the Internet was where people actually controlled the internet.
It reminds me of the store of how some kids in a low-income inner city someplace played softball on an empty city lot. Parents would go and watch, sitting on a blanket, or taking a lawn chair. Mums would take juices and make hot dogs for the kids and all had a great time.
Seeing this, a business man showed up dug up the field, put in astro-turf, build bleachers, complete with a dugout, night lights, concession and scoreboard. All fenced in of course.
Now, the kids and parents had to pay to go and to play and watch.
Had to get it off my chest…