October 01, 2002
Google's new search algorithm

Google has made a couple of updates in their search algorithms and a lot of people are puzzled, upset, confused or starting to worry about Google's power on the 'net.

In my opinion, Google just keeps improving their searches for users looking for content rather than commerce, like they've always strived to.

They have never made any promises towards webmasters relying on inbound traffic from them, as highligheted in this summary of "GoogleGuy"'s statements on webmasterworld...

Personally, the algorithm update resulted in a few ups and downs for me: I'm down to the 17th "Anders" but currently the 4th Jacobsen (and of course the 1st "Anders Jacobsen" and "andersja"...). I don't blame Google for anything. I continue to offer my content to whoever wants to read it, and I'm always happy when readers that discover my site through Google become regular visitors...

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Mark Pilgrim addresses the same topic:
http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/10/03.html#when_an_engineer_flaps_his_wings

Posted by: andersja on October 3, 2002 11:09 AM

Dave Winer comments on a Brilliant Corners post:
http://brilliantcorners.org/index.cgi?id=276#viewComments
Hilarious posting.

Almost amusing to see how much the tweaks upset people... Guys -- I T ' S   N O T   P E R S O N A L -- Google just serves users looking for content; all indexing and ranking is automated, sometimes with weird results, but such is life..

Posted by: andersja on October 3, 2002 04:56 PM

Bill Turner's followup:
http://brilliantcorners.org/index.cgi?id=282

Posted by: andersja on October 3, 2002 04:58 PM

When I first read Winer's comment, I almost couldn't believe that he (or anyone) would go into someone else's house (or blog) and start throwing insults. Then I thought about who it was. He really does take everything too personally, and I think his emotions get the better of him at times. Thanks for the pointers, though!

Posted by: Bill on October 3, 2002 05:46 PM

Wired covers the story here:
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,55597,00.html

Discussion on Blogroots:
http://www.blogroots.com/comments.blog/195

Posted by: andersja on October 5, 2002 01:24 PM

The Register has more facts:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/27500.html

Posted by: andersja on October 9, 2002 11:05 AM
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