Considered musings and random commentary.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Google's been Gamed!
Recent email to google:

"The Cream of the Master's Crop."

A comment to Google about "why are these results not satisfying to you?":
"You searched for 'The Cream of the Master's Crop.'."

"Please list which site or sites were irrelevant."
Are you serious? You guys have been "shopped". Do a search on "The Cream of the Master's Crop." -- a phrase found in a Wikipedia article on Bennett Cerf. You will see 107 (last count) entries listed -- the first is the actual article from Wikipedia. The other 106 are fishing pages that bear a reference to the same wikipedia article - in its entirety.
"Why were they irrelevant?
Because Google is a "tool"? Not in the "good" sense - something useful, but in the "you've been used" sense... much like a "party girl" would be 'used" by a fraternity in college. Disgusting then, not pretty now.
Evolution - In the beginning, there were search engines - and it was good. Then came the first serious use of the net - marketing and commerce! Then came page seeding - burying key words in pages, often in white space, to trick search engines into serving up wrong pages to un-suspecting web-searchers. And the bacteria and single-celled creatures thrived. Results became useless, and the future was dark -- the first Black Plaque of The Net. Then came algorithms and page analysis. Salted search terms were ignored, and the web became useful again. Then came the Giants. Small search engines became obviated. The Giants slaughtered them by the dozens, nay, but by the hundreds, by the thousands... The Giants became super useful! You could find EXACTLY what you wanted, refining searches, limiting results to sites or types of site, tailoring your search and thus your results. And of those Giants, one stood tall above the others -- seeing over the heads of those and those to come. This was because of powerful, secret SEAs... Search Engine Algorithms. But the bacteria survived, single-celled organisms became more complex - SEOs that got inside the SEAs and passed useless genes in, infecting the results. Search engine results again became useless, as pages were fed using techniques to game the system... search results became fat and empty, filled with germs and putrescence. SEAs evolved, and the future looked bright! Knowledge -- useful knowledge -- flourished. Cells bonded together, organisms evolved, man stood upright. Wikipedia was born! Knowledge, crystalizing. Wikipedia was not immune to germs, but it had a strong defense system - macrophages, which would scourge the articles, and clean, and wrestle unfact and untruth from them. Huzzah! Then, evolution again showed... parasitic organisms stitching good cells from Wikipedia into themselves and injecting themselves through the cell walls of the mightyest Giant -- redering it weak and ineffectual again. A danger time. This infection will pass, as the Giants system evolves to fight the invader, but for now, web uses will notice aches and pains, increated temperature and tempers, as the system fills with invading germs.

Rumors of my un-timely passing...

I won't quote Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemmens, for that matter). Just suffice it to say, I've spent the last year "dead" for tax purposes.

A whole year - and more - has gone by since my last blog post... ah, blame it on the economy. Or sunspots. Or the economy. When Jott went subscription-only (dropping the limited "free accounts"), I lost my most powerful link to maintaining my blog. No longer could I call in from the road with quips, little gems and observations, viral ideas, brilliant diamonds of genious. Nope. No more. I still have them -- in fact, when it comes to brilliant diamonds of genious, I am steenking reech! But I can't mine diamonds on the road... too much traffic, too high gas prices.

And, when I'm finally tethered, I can't mine or refine or add sparkling facets, there's just not enough time. Scribbled notes on index cards takes attention away from necessary things like avoiding cars and semis, earning a living, sleep... Gems are lost. Riches, un-realized, are just... nothing.

How about THAT for another "back in the saddle" attempt at resurrecting the zombie blog? Heh.

Let me see if I can remedy the sitch for a day...


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