goodroi - 11:51 pm on Jan 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
dropping pagerank would likely decrease the amount of google toolbar usage and the data google collects from it.
many ignorant marketing managers and newbie seo people like pagerank since its an easy signal for them to see. they are happy in their oversimplified ignorant world and like pagerank to reassure them. without pagerank the ignorant webmasters would seek out a new signal. while they do this they may educate themselves and become better equipped to manipulate google rankings. that aint good for google.
veteran seo people also know that pagerank is not worthless. as a veteran i want my site to have pagerank to make it easier for me when i deal with link exchanges.
i see no reason for google to drop pagerank. if they drop it, they will likely cause more headaches then the current pagerank situation.
will they continue to devalue its influence on the algo and add even more new factors to their algo is another question.