__/ [ Logician ] on Wednesday 11 October 2006 02:49 \__
> "Google portrays its PageRank as reinforcing the "democratic" Web.
> In reality, however, Google PageRank is little more than a Google
> created formula which ends up further entrenching Web pages it has
> deemed, in its infinite wisdom, to be "important.""
> Hardly news or even controversial, but the ZDNET article's view is a
> view held by many Internet users. Searches always drift towards the
> large corporate websites often resulting in countless duplicates on the
> first search page of results - eg answers.com (Google partner) and
PageRank is a chicken-and-egg thing. How does one earn (as opposed to buy)
links without any visitors (readers)? And since search engines are the
Internet gateway to many of us (directories are slower to navigate), there
needs to be a mechanism that gives way to small businesses (such as Google,
only 8 years ago). Citations and buzz suffer from the same thing.
Highly-reputed authors can earn references quite easily, but the solution to
this is a blind peer-review process and a barrage to entry. Maybe search
engines should look into it...