Friday, December 7, 2007


You Can Adjust Google Search Results!

(if you are one of the lucky ones...)

It seems that a few users are getting to vote on sites that appear in the search results, and that will change the results that they see. More here...

If a search engine gets this right, it could improve results, or at the very least get rid of spam. This is what the wikipedia guy is aiming for with his new search engine.

Google's method is flawed. The best way to judge a site is to visit it, and it's a hassle going back to the search results to vote. It needs to use a toolbar, floating window or the like - where one can quickly click on a button without disturbing their browsing.

A simple "report spam" button in the Google toolbar could help remove spam from the search index - all it needs is lots of votes and the verification of a Google human. It only takes 10 seconds to recognise spam, so at $20/hr it would only cost 10c per site. This would be valuable for sites that get hundreds of spam votes.


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