I feed a lot of names to Google: looking for people I used to know, trying to find more information about news items (crime reports, obituaries, etc.). But Google’s results aren’t very useful.
The first page of results is always a bunch of links to sites that promise the world, but deliver nothing until they’ve been paid. Alas for them, I’m much too suspicious of over-enthusiastically SEO’d / paywall’d sites to ever consider paying. Even if I didn’t expect to be ripped off, my name queries aren’t important enough to spend money on.
There are other search engines out there. (Even – quelle horreur! – Bing, from Microsoft.) Perhaps I should try one of them, sometime.