Sgt_Kickaxe - 4:57 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think the headline says it all...
The danger of allowing an advertising company to control the index of human knowledge is too obvious to ignore
Google has gone from ranking what is out there to molding it for maximum profit. I sincerely believe that the window of opportunity for Google to return to pure indexing is closing quickly. The love affair has limits.
I also tend to think writing an algo that is difficult to spam is a very big challenge.
Tedster, the technical difficulty of creating an algo has nothing to do with how greedy Google has become. Does a search engine REALLY need to profile visitors and funnel them for maximum profit or should they just rank what is out there based on it's own merit? If you live in Montana and look up fishing you can't(without adjusting settings) find a fishing forum anymore because of Google places and you can't find a great fishing website(without adjusting settings) because it's not in Montana... yet you are forced to see local stores that sell fishing products. That's greed, not technical ability.
I used fishing as an example because I personally like reading about where all the best fishing is but I don't want some gizmo taking my lure and shoving it in a fishes mouth for me. I think you can understand that analogy and see where Google has missed the point?