or so says Mat Honan at Gizmodo:

But I didn’t switch for political reasons, or as an act of protest. I don’t care if Google hurts Twitter or Facebook—or even Friendster for that matter. Boo-hoo. I only care if it hurts me. And this does. Google broke itself.

For years, Google Search has been the highest quality web product I’ve ever used. It has remained consistently essential as an information-delivery mechanism. I typically hit it hundreds of times a day—on my phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. But with one update it wiped out all those years of loyalty and goodwill it had built up.

I’ve never really spent much time with Bing, but the changes to Google lately have left me less than pleased.  I don’t need another social network, and Google’s desire to weave Google+ into the search results is intrusive and distracting.  Honan’s argument to try Bing is compelling:

In short, it’s a lot like Google. Not the Google of today, but the Google you fell in love with, the one that put your search results above its financial ones. The Google that delivered.

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