Lately I've noticed that the results at Google are not as good as they used to be. SEO experts have been getting better and better at breaking higher into Big G's search results with ad-only pages. At first I thought it was just me who noticed, then I read this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/01/google_spam_infiltration/
All great Search utilities have ultimately succumbed to SEO pages.. Excite, AltaVista, Webcrawler.. The crushing weight of all comers wanting into the algo. It's hard to stop the tide.. Google has held the beach for a long time but the tide is beginning to turn.
This is ultimately good for domain names as a higher percentage of disenfranchised Google users opt out of the search-engine framework to simply type the domain name versions of their searches into the browser address bar. Even I've been typing more search query style domains lately and I've been pleasantly surprised by the higher quality of domain name pages and small websites than I saw just a few short years ago.
The evolution is palpable... to me anyway.