coachm - 3:37 am on May 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
It was, is, and will continue to be like the politics of Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels ... the site that does the rope dance the best will win. Now the rope dance includes social signals ... not better or worse than link popularity merely different.
One thing I love about this forum is that it's one of the few places I stumble upon where people ARE thinking. Anyway...
You are right, of course. Whether it's link pop, or Likes, it comes to the same thing, but at least I knew that if my site got linked to by the New York Times (all things being equal which they never are), I'd likely earn brownie points for that.
I'd be willing to put aside my crazy mood and thinking right now IF I could actually find things in the new SERPS that are of value to me and if I can find the people who ARE generating new thinking about stuff. I can't.
I'd be ok with things, even if my sites didn't rank with the best and brightest in respective fields.
I don't see how people who know LESS than I do about the subjects I deal with are in any position to determine the value of what I produce, and more importantly, whether people will even ever FIND me. That's a little weird.
Or flip it over. Am I happy with the idea that people who know less than those creating ideas, products, services, etc, should be in a position to influence what people see on the Internet.
I don't believe there IS a solution. I don't expect one.