I will continue with google web searches until such a time as I find a better search engine. So far I am very happy with google.
I don't know what new they are doing but I don't think it may be in our favor. I have found less new visitors of late although this can sometimes be caused by cycling.
Google testing realtime search
Google launched a website on Thursday for users who want to sift through news, comments and other information on the Internet in real time, letting them follow conversations on social network hubs such as Facebook and Twitter in one place. Ref. Source 2
Google probed over 'manipulated' search results
Google's methods for recommending websites are being reviewed by Texas' attorney general in an investigation spurred by complaints that the company has abused its power as the Internet's dominant search engine. Ref. Source 1