04 Dec

TechCrunch – Google Changes Its Rank Algorithm In Response To DecorMyEyes Story

The Google post then goes on to outline the different ways the search engine could have solved the “Bad to customers = Good for PageRank” problem, by either blocking or using sentiment analysis to pull sites with a lot of negative comments down in the rankings. Using sentiment analysis in search rank is tricky however, because it would also pull down sites about unpopular politicians and controversial issues like abortion.

Instead of using either of those two solutions to account for cases like the one described in the New York Times article, Google instead wrote an algorithm that can detect which hundreds of merchants (including DecorMyEyes) have provided “bad user experience” and algorithmically force them lower.

via TechCrunch – Google Changes Its Rank Algorithm In Response To DecorMyEyes Story. Nice job Google, kicking out the cruddy merchants.

31 Jan

Everybody Take a Step Back and Breathe

Want to know what happened on the internet today?

Oh and that isn’t even half of the articles that I know of published, I’ve seen a few of the actual news orginaztions one’s start coming across including WSJ and NYT.

This is ridiculous, sure Google is a big company, that does a lot of searches especially in the US (roughly 70% currently). But seriously the entire internet and the people writing on it seemed to have a freak out. Guess what Google makes mistakes as does every other company on the face of the earth, most especially software companies, think of Apple and the original MobileMe mess, or Microsoft and well Microsoft.

This occured for roughly an hour at most for any one customer and most likely less than 40 minutes. It also occured early on a Saturday morning, a time when I doubt the vast majority of the public is online. I wasn’t online and even if I was I doubt I would have even noticed. Sure I use Google a lot, I have in a typical day roughly 30+ searches recorded by Google, today already Google shows that I’ve searched 40 different times. But really is it worth it for the entire internet to freak out?

03 Dec

Don’t Let Google See Your Private Information

There was a story in Techcrunch today about a hosting provider (Meteora Technologies Group) that accidentally revealing revealed a dump of Kleiner Perkins’s iFund database. The moral of the story don’t even put stuff publicly online that you don’t want Google (or the public) to find out about.

Google isn’t just good at their job, they are the best on the face of the earth at indexing the Internet. They do it faster and better than any other search engine. Google will index this blog within about 15 minutes of a post being published, the other search engines who knows. Pretty impressive considering how small this blog is. Google finds things that you don’t even realize Google could find.

The only solution is if you have something you don’t want Google to find, put it behind a login screen, one that even Google can’t get past. If you can’t build it or don’t know how to set it up, then don’t put it online.