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Search Engine News 9/21/02

Googlethics, Fair or Unfair?
"Doc Searls reponds to criticism of Googles unique PageRank system, which calculates a webpage's ranking in the Google database. Responding to a comment about PageRank 'favoring' websites with heavy traffic, Doc writes, "Why is this bad? Because PageRank doesn't give a fair shake to stuff nobody points to? What user..."
On Newslog: Google via News Is Free

PageRank: Google's Original Sin
"In the first place, Google's claim that "PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web" must be seen for what it is, which is pure hype. In a democracy, every person has one vote. In PageRank, rich people get more votes than poor people, or, in web terms, pages with higher PageRank have their votes weighted more than the votes from lower pages. As Google explains, "Votes cast by pages that are themselves 'important' weigh more heavily and help to make other pages 'important.'" In other words, the rich get richer, and the poor hardly count at all. This is not "uniquely democratic," but rather it's uniquely tyrannical. "tri" So if google is all about the tyranny of the elite (and yes, if you are reading this, you count as one of the chosen), why does it work so well? "zeldman.ap""
On Newslog: Google via News Is Free

Does Google Hold the Key to the Internet Kingdom?
"Google is considered to be the search engine with the largest reach on the Internet. Indeed, the company's ever-expanding breadth, depth and consumer reach lead to the question: How does Google's role as a major gateway to Internet content affect users?"
On Newslog: Google via News Is Free

:: Todd Malicoat 3:38 PM
:: Saturday, September 21, 2002 ::
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