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 Bloggers in Google2003-01-29 23:59
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by Flemming Funch

Joi Ito (well-connected Japanese techie blogger) gets an e-mail from somebody looking for a Japanese tutor, because his weblog appeared in a search.
"One amazing phenomenon of blogs is that because of all of the linking going on they end up with fairly high google rankings. At Supernova, Cory of Boing Boing talked about how people email him asking about things he blogs because his blog entries show up on the top of Google results. Also at Supernova, Sergey Brin co-founder of Google talked about how important the ranking and results algorythms were for Google. For instance, first result for "suicide" can have a life or death impact on someone depending on whether it is a page to help you decide not to commit suicide or a page about how to commit suicide. I am the second entry for "Japan + Dayton Ohio" and #3 for "Takenaka media" for instance. At Davos, I talked to Larry Page, co-founder of Google about the phenomenon. I explained that I was very excited that my entry about how the media failed to report the public support of Takenaka showed up before the media reports. I mentioned that maybe it was the way blogs created a lot of pages and linked to each other a lot and how this was giving them unfair juice. Larry said he thought that blogs were getting higher rankings because they were becoming a more important part of the Internet and implied that he felt the high rankings were fair. Cool. I was beginning to feel a bit guilty about the high rankings and worried that Google would "figure it out" and start lowering the rankings for blogs. If Larry says they're fair, I'm assuming they're fair and I don't have to worry about a 'correction' in my page ranking."
I'm glad to hear that too. Even though I'm a relatively low profile weblogger, hardly registering in the top 500, Google really likes my weblog, and many things I say here will appear very high, often higher than the news source that I quote. Which sometimes makes me a bit nervous.


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30 Jan 2003 @ 18:43 by spiritseek : Your blog
I see that you are #411 in Most prolific linkers...congrats! You do deserve it.  


30 Jan 2003 @ 19:42 by ming : Blogs
Thanks. But it is the other list, of those most linked to, which I'd be most happy to be on.  


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I wrote on Norm Stamper and Samuel Walker's take on Driving While Female . I think I'm going to work more on that and then I wandered off to adsrdes the latest attack on the police commission and whether or not it's related to rumors coming out that police personnel are being misused.The Filthy Five as a group of four women and one man have been called online by workers for one councilman's political campaign will be meeting for a group photo! We all know each other anyway. I wonder and have asked why it's women who are often targeted for this type of attack. Women who speak out certainly are vulnerable in having comments written about breasts, bras undergarments (which I guess is all inclusive of bras and underwear) and other things.I can't wait until the stupid election is over.  


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