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When did googling become so useless? - silver Harloe

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So, I have this thing I want. It will probably have to be custom-made, though (which means out of my price range). I don't like having a wrist-watch, but I do like blue-backlit-field digital thing. I want a pocket watch with that. But, I mean, a classy pocket watch. On the outside, it looks 1800s. Open it up and that turns on the little blue light (optional bonus - only does so if it can't detect enough light). I mean, I keep pulling out my cell phone or pager out of my pocket to use as a watch, but that lacks style points.

So, anyway, I put in "digital pocket watch" into google. A ton of sites come up with snazzy watch-dealership related names. I figure if I page through to the obscure, specialty items, I'm probably not the originator of this idea. Right?

right?

Oh, no. No nonononono. Every hit is a list of links to other watch sites. And all those watch sites are lists of links, too. I spent a few minutes circularly going from site to site of non-existent actual content, then going back to google and trying another place, only to find myself in the same maze of twisty little links, all alike.

This is terrible. Though it's not really google's fault (or is it? google basically owns the pay-for-ads-and-clickthroughs-on-sites-that-just-show-more-google-looking-results market. I have a feeling that some percentage of these sites are just ways to rake cash off of google by repackaging their results).

I have a similar experience looking for technical help - though less with the links to links. What I get instead is a billion "forums" with the same questions as me, but no answers posted. And what's worse, several of the hits are always links to the same forum data wrapped with different "skins".

it's as though the internet has become damn near useless for finding things (except entries in wikipedia. if I need trivia, I know where to find it).

(Incidentally, there were some watches I found here and there. But all "sports watches," which lack the style of antique pocket watches. I also found some analog pocket watches on Amazon with cases I liked, though several read the wrong way (it should open to the left, not open down). And too many were gold. With a name like mine, that is not even a viable option for the exterior - even if I liked gold, which I don't).
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From:litch
Date:December 30th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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From:sheilagh
Date:December 30th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)

That

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is a *fabulous* blog.

silver, you might check out this:
http://www.rehabmart.com/product/1702.htm

it doesn't have the opening faceplate, but it is silver, and is illuminated. I googled for "illuminated pocket watch."
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From:sphinxie
Date:December 30th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I often cut the Google Gordion knot by doing an image search. Links sites won't have pictures of watches, only places that sell them.
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From:ed_harloe
Date:December 31st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Googling become so useless on April 1, 2005. Its like you were at the this really great party and then a million lame strangers showed up. My gut feeling is that search will get a whole lot better (again) at some point, but its going to take a LOT of computing power to pull it off. I noticed a while back that all my google searchs these day tend to include a 3 word quoted string along with a few other keywords with a + sign in front on them. Anything less specific just gets you sucked into marketing hell.

Here is a cheapo plastic version of what you are talking about, but it opens at the bottom.
http://auctions.yahoo.com/i:NEW!%20REFILLABLE%20DIGITAL%20POCKET%20WATCH%20LIGHTER!:210817042

Here is a real, metal, digtal pocket watch. Its Russian and open-faced, but if wanted a project, you could find a cover from a "normal" pocket watch and then hire a jeweler to hinge it on the proper side.
http://cgi.ebay.com/17-RARE-russian-DIGITAL-POCKET-WATCH-ELEKTRONIKA_W0QQitemZ280063233663QQihZ018QQcategoryZ111038QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting
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From:sheilagh
Date:January 2nd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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What happened April 1st of that year?
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From:ed_harloe
Date:January 2nd, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
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Actually, I just made that date up. Sorry to mis-lead. I do try to directly answer a post in my first sentence, since the reader may decide to stop after that. The sentence was a somewhat lame attempt at a joke, since you can't actually pin down a single day when the creeping forces of sales-sleeze-dom turned a great research tool into yet another marketing channel. I picked an Aprils Fools day to try to tip off the joke and 2005 because back in 2004 it really wasn't so bad yet.
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From:sheilagh
Date:January 2nd, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
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That's cool :) I have a talent for missing jokes, so you may be yet another victim!
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