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google users don't care about me

"the blog clog myth" makes some interesting points about the the blog clog problem and does a good job of pointing out the fallacy in the analogy between the blogosphere and usenet:

"The "precedent" quoted, when Google bought the Usenet archives of and "removed the groups from the main index", is a red herring. Google has not removed newsgroups from the main Google index - you'll find web-based archives of newsgroups on there today. It simply built a far better, specialised search for the groups elsewhere after it acquired the archive."

good point, but it doesn't address this issue that blogs are clogging the results of searches in a way that web-based archives of usenet postings never did. when i search for "galaxie 500 window crank" i don't want to find me as the number one hit. i don't think anyone else does either. and here's the main point - it's a disservice to the people who are doing the searching.

it might be fun for my ego, but most people - the vast preponderance of people - don't care about weblogs [ even if they might reap the benefits of finding what they are looking for through the wonders of pagerank ]. most people would consider google to be a better service if i, and a relatively small number of other people, didn't get in the way of the information they really want. i might soften my stance that blogs should be removed from the main index by default, but to maintain that google is a better service by biasing results towards information that most users aren't interested [ repeat after me, "most users aren't bloggers" ] in, isn't in keeping with google's historic stance as being obsessively focused on users. me dons abestos duds

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5/19/2003 10:41:00 PM 0 comments


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