@kingu_platypus_gidora I remember reading somewhere about how this one guy would email them whenever they added as much as a single extra feature to the main search page, which kept them in line.

Pretty sure he gave up since then.

@polychrome @kingu_platypus_gidora The positive point is that Google Search Pages load always as fast as it was a blank page, even with a lot of information.

@kingu_platypus_gidora image description:

A photograph of a colour printed page, possibly a magazine. The page is beige with a white border and red piping.
In upper frame there is a screenshot of the Google homepage from 1999, and there is blue bold sans serif font underneath it reading:
"Google (www.google.com) is a pure search engine — no weather, no news feed, no links to sponsors, no ads, no distractions, no portal litter. Nothing but a fast-loading search site. Reward them with a visit."

@kingu_platypus_gidora I remember those days. Even when Google first got into advertising they made a lot of headway by serving text only ads in a world littered with pop-ups, mouse chasers, flash "games" you always won where the "prize" was a form to harvest your email, etc. Interesting how things have changed now that they have power.

@kingu_platypus_gidora What I want is a search engine that searches for what I type and doesn't try to guess what I might mean instead . Google used to be like that. DuckDuckGo used to be like that. Now even DuckDuckGo second-guesses me and it's practically always wrong.

@kingu_platypus_gidora Facebook said something similar 10 years ago and look where it is now.

@kingu_platypus_gidora ooh my wife had these in French when she was a teenager. I mean the actual French version of this guide. I took a pic a few weeks ago but I can't seem to find it.

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@kingu_platypus_gidora hi there - you don't seem to be adding alt text to the media on your posts. Please do so in the future, because otherwise, your posts cannot be understood in the following situations:

  • Someone blind, otherwise visually impaired or someone simply browsing Fedi in bright sunlight stumbles upon your post
  • The image doesn't load for someone due to slow internet or because either their or your instance's CDN is down
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