gabrielk - 3:20 pm on Aug 28, 2007 (gmt 0) And here's a link to the original publication: [jcmc.indiana.edu...]
Here's the abstract from the original paper on which that article was written:
An eye tracking experiment revealed that college student users have substantial trust in Google's ability to rank results by their true relevance to the query. When the participants selected a link to follow from Google's result pages, their decisions were strongly biased towards links higher in position even if the abstracts themselves were less relevant. While the participants reacted to artificially reduced retrieval quality by greater scrutiny, they failed to achieve the same success rate. This demonstrated trust in Google has implications for the search engine's tremendous potential influence on culture, society, and user traffic on the Web.
And here's a link to the original publication: [jcmc.indiana.edu...]