There shall come a time when my worldly experience benefits somebody. That time is not today, I’m too busy searching Google for an answer to my current software programming problem. I’ve been through 20 websites already, all with the same wrong answer…
I remember a decade ago I would enter “Help me solve my programming problem” and the answer would be in the top spot. Below the top spot would be nothing else. Simple, no nonsense easy software development life.
It’s not the case now, and why? I’ll tell you why – money. That’s the sole factor driving the degradation of the web today. SEO monkeys (15 year old spotty oiks who should be studying) remain one step ahead of the game. They know how to get their page to that top spot, but they don’t want it there to help people. Nope, they want it there so grown ups like myself frustrating click click-ads trying to find what the damn answer is. That lines their pockets, and in turn puts me one hair closer to a comb-over.
So why is this rife? The answer is simple maths – if one page can generate one cent of revenue per day, then 1,000,000 pages will earn a living. 15 year old oiks don’t want to do 5 pages of homework, so why would they spend days knocking up 1,000,000 webpages? That’s just not practical, or exciting. There’s a better idea, and that’s to steal those 1,000,000 webpages. A little bit of programming, an SEO tool, or some clever thinking, can give the oik enough power to harness the world of automation, creating millions of pages at the click of a button. Millions of pages that are already on the web, 20 times over. The content doesn’t matter, it’s about quantity, not quantity.
Money is the root of all evil, and same same applies to the web. Because of money the WWW is imploding. Because of money I can’t quite figure out how to get my program to talk to a friggin’ JSON datastore using bitwise operators or whatever it is my boss has asked me to do today.
How can we combat this? HOW!?
Mr Google, please save our world.