MrSavage - 3:32 pm on Nov 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think with respect people are missing the point here. This goes well beyond personalization. I would suspect that most people here have no clue what role clicking a +1 plays on what they see in future Google results. That's the point here. From what I see, it essentially means my certain search results are now cooked.
I don't put this in personalization category. Based on what happened to me, this is about putting specific sites in almost set places in results that I see. This is far more substantial. In a sense to me, it's like a virus. So if what I'm saying is true about how sites you've +1'd get cooked in the future results you get back from Google. When does that change? When do those site get removed if ever? You have to log out and that's it?
People miss the point that when that +1 site enters page 1 where it otherwise wouldn't be, you've just eliminated somebody's ranking.
It says to me there is soon to be no absolute as mentioned by netmeg. People checking their rankings or wondering geez, why am I at #2 or #3 but not seeing great traffic? You have your answer. Clearly. Lots of people post saying they have top position but the traffic isn't reflective.
I think this is far more troubling if people give it a bit more thought. Cooked search results are not working in our favor, unless of course you get a good chance of getting those +1's or if you've actually put the +1 on your site.
I'm open to hearing theories as to why my Pandalized site shows up in my results, yet is nowhere to be found on a clean search. This is a clean test in my opinion. The only factor that I see is that I had previously +1'd my site. That's it.