Leosghost - 1:10 am on Mar 8, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Leosghost at 1:17 am (utc) on Mar 8, 2011]
On the topic of "thin" pages -- one of the most useful pages on the internet has NO content: Google search home page...
But two words each appear 3 times "google" and "search" ( I'm not counting "igoogle" ) ..so the indicators as to "who" ( branding ) and "what" ( function/subject ) are unmistakable ..even to an aglo ( AI )..
I often wonder if the Google engineers are laughing their heads off listening to all our theories. :)
Having done a fair amount of lab research in an earlier phase of my life ..scientists don't spend much time laughing at the "squeaks"..but they do try to interpret them ..as they do any other responses to stimili ..negative or positive.
I do think Google is giving up a little bottom line here and sacrificing their bottom line for quality.
with respect ..that's not what I said
is what they say it is for ..and what you say it is for ..
I think it is more of the nature of "maybe make a little less money now" to have "a better view of the subjects"..like moving the visitors drinks machine to let them better see the monkeys in the pen ..they will point out the ..most attractive monkeys to you sooner that way..
That and pushers always give some away for free ..Google knows from the beginning ..keep the ads unobtrusive ..give stuff away for free ..watch the reactions ..lock in the consumer to the brand ..You Tube is the perfect example of the strategy ..a generation has grown up feeding the biggest UGC machine and the branding is all over it ..some folks never get further on the net daily than YouTube and or Facebook ..like being addicted to "jackflash"..
Google is more interesting than Bing because it's not so "top down driven" in its experiments ..its engineers come out and talk about the whys ..and the whats ..you dont see that from Bing ..the bean counters ( and the head bean counter ) have "intimidated" much of the "let the engineers try things" out of Bing ..some interface innovation does happen certainly ..but for example the ad platform is still US / Anglo centric ..and the "merger" has put back any chance of there being an international alternative to adsense by a long time..the bean counter boss throwing chairs when he doesnt like the figures doesnt help to encourage "blue sky"..:(
I don't want any of them to "win" ..the more competition between them..the better for webmasters ..
I just find Google's experimental methodology the more interesting at the moment ..
I've mentioned Hari Seldon in relation to them more than once in past years here ..someone here in a thread recently again made the connection / spotted the similarities to the philosophy of the "shapers" of Asimov's foundation series again recently ..
Worth reading IMO ..gives some insight into some aspects of the plex way of thinking..and also into the way large groups of people / societies react also ..as webmasters that is what we are dealing with too..
Likewise ( and I've said this before here too ;-) ..I suspect that the plex has a blend of many religions and philosophies represented within it's people ..But they remind me most of the Jesuits ..much careful observation ..the better to subtly apply the levers ..in order to steer or create change ..or create stasis when it suits them ..getting rich doesn't conflict with that at all ..making the stockholders and others richer even smooths their path.
If one believes that all action..even inaction is political / philosophical ..then one must accept that the search engines are only acting as all other gatekeepers to information and exchange have acted through the ages ..
Which is why one must watch them closely ..and try not to depend on them for all ones daily bread ..or one gives them godlike power over ones lives..and as many here have learned recently ..an organisation which thinks that in the main it is only doing good for the many, can be blind to how it is crushing the few ..especially it's one time disciples .
We helped make the Golem .. obviously it would have to have feet of clay..
[edited by: Leosghost at 1:17 am (utc) on Mar 8, 2011]