willybfriendly - 5:27 pm on Jul 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google says its search results are entirely controlled by algorithms...
if $uri != "google";
$rankScore = $rankScore*.95;
Gee, I can write an algo too.
The above quote may or may not give an accurate picture of ranking algos. Certainly "automated" does not necessarily mean impartial - contrary to the corporate spin G offers.
Does G promote their own properties above others? Insufficient evidence in my opinion. Could an algo demote competitive sites? Definitely.