On the 1st of March Google introduced its new policy. Those who understood immediately ceased using Google's Search Engine.
For those who don't understand the dangers of Google saving searches and interconnecting them with your account; (on all of their various sites) appreciate that it isn't only the saving of the searches but the selling of your 'portfolio' to various agencies which virtually puts you naked on main street.
Let us suppose for the purposes of a Wikinut article you decide to research 9/11, primarily the suicide bombers. This information is collected by Google. And saved. And sold.
America's Homeland Security will be very interested in persons who seem attracted to terrorism. You will now be 'on the list'.
As you decide to be really complete to get that Star Page look up how to use a plane as a bomb, in all its various permutations. Don't be surprised if your phone is tapped, if there are cars parked across your street and if you feel you are being followed.
For the past few years many have noticed how Google tweaks their algorithm. We know they have 'tweaked' it so as to rate what they name 'Content Farms' start with a minus rating.
For example, I wrote an article 'How To Wash Silk' about five years ago on Triond. If I do a Google I will see an obvious Ad as first pick and then a number of articles with other words in the title. "How to Clean Silk", "How to Wash Silk Flowers", on and on for ten plus pages (I didn't bothr go beyond ten)
Many of these 'articles' are actually advertisements and have very little information about the topic. My article which has all the words in the Title is way way in the back so that no one will find it.
This is because Google has judged Triond to be a Content Farm and automatically deducts points from all it's sub sites.
This judgement can destroy a site. Search for articles you have written, use all the words in the Title on a Google Search. Don't be be surprised at the results.
As you've probably noticed when you Google you soon find what you've Googled turning up as ads on all sorts of sites. This was the first flag that your information is being used.
With the linkage between all Google sites and the selling of information extra the sites, one can only expect more Spam than usual and very uncomfortable results.
As Google knows who you are, when it sells information to an Insurance company, for example, the fact you looked up Breast Cancer or AIDs will impact on your pocket,
If you have looked up Bankruptcy, don't try to get a loan.
Many users of search engines have switched. Some going to Bing or to Yahoo while others chose the unknown duckduckgo.com. which keeps no records at all.
Doing a Search of 'How To Wash Silk' turns up the article on the first page of duckduckgo and on the 3rd page of a Bing search.
If you try to Google articles you wrote on Wikinut, Hubpages, Triond, etc. don't be surprised how far down they are for you haven't paid Google to promote your site.
The 'censorship' factor on Google is live. By selecting certain sites, and topics for 'punishment' they will be way at the back. Who is going to page 45678? Hence, if it isn't on page 1 or 2 you are likely not to see the information and assume it isn't there.
Further, as many of us have experienced, searching for images is problematic. the majority do not match the search terms to any extent. This is because Google far from being a neutral A.I. is as proactive as Chinese information blockades.
Just as many people confused Microsoft's Windows with Operating Systems and assumed that there was no alternative, Google has become The Search Engine.
Unless enough people cease to use it.