There were articles in and out about how mad the web-masters were at Google because things were worse than usual.
Alarm usually accompanies changes to Google's algorithms, as the new rankings can cause websites to be demoted, or disappear entirely. But four months on from the introduction of "Big Daddy," it's clear that the problem is more serious than any previous revision - and it's getting worse.
That was noted by The Register, and there have been quite a lot of reports where people have complained that their sites either refuse to get indexed, or have been excommunicated by Google. Ofcourse, we've seen sites which have been removed on purpose, but these are not one of those. I have personally seen a few which have gotten indexed, only to get removed the next day. I guess the 'big daddy' update didn't go as planned!
Eric Shmidt (if you read that article at The Register) said that a 'certain large number of Google's servers are full', and that they're 'having huge machine crisis'. That is important to note, because we know how much bandwidth and online storage Google offers, distributed somewhat unevenly throughout their services. So if Google is having toubles, I doubt that other companies are far away.
But Google did buy a new set of algorithms from some Israeli fellow, which is called Orion, which caused quite a bustle within the search giants. I don't know how that has helped increased accuracy, but I guess its not been long enough. Google Operating System has a post about Google's toubles. And Ionut Alex did put up two links which were supposed to return spam results. Upon clicking them today however, they return nothing. There's a nice little screenshot showing the spam results. That can only mean that Google is working to clear SPAM from their servers. That's good news, right?
Ionut also noted that Yahoo! and MSN return very few pages from those spam URLs when searched for.
This is not good for Google. Especially since its been predicted that Google's dominance in searches will not last for long. They'll lead all right, but with a margin nowhere close to the one they have now. The others will catch up by the end of this year, unless Google starts to unveil things other than bombing online applications. Hoping better things from Google, soon!
[Update]: Cristian Streng found a version of a new design experiment for Google results pages. Every result is expandable, and, if expanded, Google shows an extended snippet, related links and important links from the site. Article at Google OS