Thinking About Google

by john on January 26, 2003

Robert’s comment on my article about Google search results (I’m still #1) got me to spend a little time this morning Googling around about Google. Here are some interesting links I found.

On the page that Robert linked to (which is a page for all articles in his Google category – I also do that) there is an article called Blogging Killed the Google Star. He has noticed a similar phenomena to my joe millionaire winner results:

As far as I understand the basic implementation of Google’s page ranking, links are treated as kind of currency for “for rating Web pages objectively and mechanically, effectively measuring the human interest and attention devoted to them.” Blogs have lots of links. They link to lots of other blogs with lots of other links. In the insanely short time I’ve been regularly maintaining this site, I’ve discovered myself at or near the top of lots of different searches that may or may not have anything to do with what somebody was looking for.

Google adjusted some of it’s algorithms this fall and Burningbird noticed it effected her rankings:

It would seem that Google has changed its algorithms and webloggers no longer dominate. I checked my own name, Shelley, and found I’m an ignominious second pager now. Still, we webloggers are facing this algorithmic demotion in stride, with humor, and wit.

Fear not Shelley, for you are back on the first page again.

I found an interesting site called Microcontent News which is described as The Online Magazine for Weblogs, Webzines, and Personal Publishing. Unfortunately it hasn’t had much activity of late but there are a couple of relevant articles in the archives.

First is an articled titled Google (heart) Blogs. The premise of the article is that the two factors which Google values the most – links and fresh content, are two of the basic tenets to weblogs. As summarized:

Weblogs are perfect for Google: frequently updated websites crammed chock-full of tasty links. It’s no wonder that Google loves Weblogs so much.

Next is an article comparing Bloggers to the Bord from Star-Trek fame, Borg Journalism. This was an enjoyable read focused on the impact of of weblogs to the journalism profession. The conclusion was inevitable:

But make no doubt: Borg Journalism is a powerful new force that’s helping to redefine what it means to be a journalist. If you write articles for a living, then you ignore weblogs at your own peril.

Or to put it in more familiar terms, Resistance is futile. Journalism will be assimilated.

Finally, a couple of fun links.

Google Weblog – a weblog about all that is Google.

Disturbing Search Requests – bloggers sharing “interesting” search requests found in their referral logs.

Interesting thought just occurred to me – combine Google with the Way Back Machine. Examine search result trends over time. Now that would be cool.

Will blogging be the death of Google? I don’t think so – they will continue to adjust as needed and if I find myself at the top of a funky search again? Oh well, enjoy the ride.


Gerald January 26, 2003 at 10:38 am

It’s Google Dancing Time, and it seems as if weblogs have a good standing in the algorithm. But the question is – how long? For this update it looks good 🙂
Regards, Gerald

elaine January 27, 2003 at 6:30 pm

the funny thing about Hiler’s borg article is that he ended up getting a question from some random person who found him as the top spot for the word “borg” (…and that the question then got answered by bloggers.

elaine January 27, 2003 at 6:33 pm
john January 27, 2003 at 7:16 pm

Hillarious! Thanks for sharing. Here is a link to the original question from the lost trekkie:

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