A $1,000 Google Search is a Deal
IGN’s David “Doc” Edelman is not happy with the price of Google searches.
In a video posted to YouTube, the director of the New York City-based company explained how Google searches can make up to a million dollars for some people.
“It’s a $1 million dollar investment,” Edelman said in the video.
“And it’s really not that different from the investment that you made in your home mortgage.”
Edelman has spent the last few years trying to change how people buy houses, and it’s one of the reasons he’s been at odds with Google for a while.
Google doesn’t allow the use of its search engine as a proxy for a person’s wealth, Edelman explains, but it does allow users to filter the results for other keywords like stock prices.
For instance, the company will match a Google search to a person with a net worth of $100 million or less, and if the result matches Google’s standard search terms for houses, the person will be shown results for homes that are in the $1 billion to $1.5 billion range.
For example, in 2013, a user might see a listing of homes in the neighborhood of $5.5 million.
However, if a search for the term “furniture refinancing” matches a house that’s worth $3.5 and below, the user won’t see results for a home that’s valued at more than $10 million.
But a user could still see the same homes listed on the Google homepage for $5 million or more, Edlin explained.
“We want to be clear: we don’t filter people’s searches,” he added.
“We’re not trying to get you to do this.
We’re trying to help you make a decision.”
While it’s true that people have the power to filter results on Google, it’s not as simple as that.
Edelman pointed out that Google allows users to search for a property’s price on its website by going to its home page.
But he also explained that Google will filter the result if the property’s listed at $100,000 or less.
“That doesn’t mean that a Google Search would match any other search that you would type into the search box,” Edlin said.
“But the filters will filter it if you have $100K or more in your Google search history.”
Edlin, who has worked at Google since 2009, believes the company should stop making its search results public, saying the company doesn’t want to alienate its users and create a negative reputation around the company.
Google hasn’t responded to IGN’s request for comment.
Edelman also expressed frustration over Google’s treatment of its own search results.
“Google doesn’t have the luxury to take away the money of people who have no business looking at their own search history,” he said.
“What they’re doing is trying to do a double-dip for their own shareholders.”
Edelman’s comments come just days after the company said it would allow Google to share data on searches with other search engines and search engines’ partners, including Yahoo, Bing, and Microsoft.