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    Google Experimenting With **** Style Voting On Search Results

    If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize. Google is experimenting with **** style voting features on search results that allow users to vote up or bury search results they see.

    The program, part of Google Labs, works like this:

    This experiment lets you influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results. When you search for the same keywords again, you’ll continue to see those changes. If you later want to revert your changes, you can undo any modifications you’ve made.
    At the moment the results of the program will only be stored per user and not applied to the general search index, so that sites buried (”I don’t like”) will not appear in future results for the user, where as sites voted up will stay up. Google Labs notes that “this is an experimental feature and may be available for only a few weeks,” still, who would have thought that Google would even experiment with **** style social voting.

    Screen shot below directly from the programs site here.


    Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/28...earch-results/
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    Could you imagine all the webmasters going around and burying their competitors' sites if this was ever applied to the global search results?

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    Talk ripe for abuse. I can't imagine this ever going into production.

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    This is a logical move for personalisation of search results, since there can quite possible be certain pages which some users would like to ignore - for example Wikipedia duplicates, or something else taking up the results. Companies wanting to prevent their employers from gaining access to certain sites through the Google cache would also be obvious users of this. Of course, applying this to the global results would be meaningless, as there would quickly be no sites at all showing.
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    WHat is the point of doing this at all. We've established that doing it globally and so it actually effects the google results is a bad idea. Plus there is NO personal value in this either if they were to continue doing it on a user scale. Likelihood is that once you've searched for something you are not going to do that exact same search again so the fact that some of your personal results are higher than other has no bearing on any other search other than that single unique one.

    I hope i make sense... cos seriously there is no point in this!
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    SitePoint Wizard bronze trophy C. Ankerstjerne's Avatar
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    Why wouldn't you search for the same thing twice? Also, I am sure there are certain topics you search for frequently than others, with certain sites popping up quite frequently. Some users might want to ban some of those.
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    I see your point. But i very rarely will search for exactly the same thing twice. I agree with you on the site-ban aspect of it though.
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    I for one think it's a great idea. Some search terms end up with MFA sites galore, which I'd love to avoid.


    Now if only they'd let me customize it even further, say by allowing a setting like "always put wikipedia result first if it exists", and "only show me one comparitive shopping engine, I prefer xxx.com"
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    say by allowing a setting like "always put wikipedia result first if it exists"
    Taking the destruction of modern academia to the next level?
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ankerstjerne View Post
    Taking the destruction of modern academia to the next level?
    Wikipedia is great for quick, topical information. For stuff like:

    * The date that Desi Arnaz died
    * Actor names in Hogan's Heroes (Nazis were almost all played by Jews)
    * Different types of hepatitis

    That's stuff that I learned from Wikipedia in the past few days. It serves that purpose very well.

    I'd rather view a Wikipedia page on mesothelioma than a lawyer referral website!

    On most searches I do, I think a Wikipedia result should rank top 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyPaddy View Post
    WHat is the point of doing this at all. We've established that doing it globally and so it actually effects the google results is a bad idea. Plus there is NO personal value in this either if they were to continue doing it on a user scale. Likelihood is that once you've searched for something you are not going to do that exact same search again so the fact that some of your personal results are higher than other has no bearing on any other search other than that single unique one.

    I hope i make sense... cos seriously there is no point in this!
    Seriously, there is no point in Google or even SEO anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyParadise View Post
    I for one think it's a great idea. Some search terms end up with MFA sites galore, which I'd love to avoid.


    Now if only they'd let me customize it even further, say by allowing a setting like "always put wikipedia result first if it exists", and "only show me one comparitive shopping engine, I prefer xxx.com"
    Lol...


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    For some reason i see google looking more and more like yahoo search. They now have results with other keywords searched for like yahoo. The idea of voting for site and that determine which sites are ranked well is the worst idea they could come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devious View Post
    Seriously, there is no point in Google or even SEO anymore.
    I'd love to hear why you don't think we need the most accurate search engine that helps us find information from billions of web pages anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcj662 View Post
    For some reason i see google looking more and more like yahoo search.
    I've noticed that, too. Google is getting better. Google has less spam at the top of its SERPs.

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    The majority of changes made by Google have been to their anti-spam efforts. When you think about it they probably have ranking pages down to a science and have for years. The real issue is getting rid of the crap spammers through in there.

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    [QUOTE=Devious;3639638]Seriously, there is no point in Google or even SEO anymore.

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    Time to short GOOG then. Call me when you go broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    The majority of changes made by Google have been to their anti-spam efforts. When you think about it they probably have ranking pages down to a science and have for years. The real issue is getting rid of the crap spammers through in there.
    If what you said was true, then they wouldn't have a problem with spammers because their algorithm wouldn't rank them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesedude View Post
    If what you said was true, then they wouldn't have a problem with spammers because their algorithm wouldn't rank them.
    Sure it would. The purpose of spam is to manipulate the system. They just abuse the system that is already in place using trickery and deception. That's what link farms of purchased links do.

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    One more sinister move by Google to capture the web 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpvr View Post
    If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize....
    http://www.ajk.co.za/2007/07/08/the-...nd-seo-part-1/
    Point 2.

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    Nothing sinister about it harsha22. It is a logical next step. Now if you are paranoid and believe in conspiracy theories, then you can start spreading the rumour that Google is trying to promote personalised search (which will nullify any SEO work)so that you can't be guaranteed the no 1 spot in anybody's search results anymore, because people can modify it, unless you pay to be in the listing that can't be removed.
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