MrSavage - 11:21 pm on Nov 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't mind trying to make my original point more clear.
The concern is the diminishing (seemingly) ranking of websites in Google. I certainly don't feel the same way now as I did say even a month ago. I ask myself, what is the point of wasting time checking this site and that site's ranking when it appears that a persons history of clicking +1's will alter their page 1 results?
In the near future the posts about "my page is on page 1" or "my site that ranks #3", etc will all be very misleading. That thread about Google SERP changes in a given month are losing more and more credibility. If Google chooses to skew search results to such a level of customization/personalization, then we can't speak in general terms anymore about our rankings or positions.
At this point when I'm reading somebody talking about where their site ranks, I'm certainly a heck of a lot more skeptical. As netmeg clearly said, the "absolute" ranking is dying off. We're #1? Really? Not when I'm signed into my Google account says I. You're actually #12 sorry. That as an example.
Aside from getting +1 clicks, a lot of people could be getting shut out without even realizing it. No algo at work there.
Just think, clicking the +1 on my site has taken it out of Panda hell. That's powerful stuff. Consider the fact that a neutral search (not logged into my Google account) wouldn't find my site unless you dug deep deep into the search results. For all intents and purposes my site doesn't exist in Google. This isn't any ol website. This is a Pandalized site I'm talking about. The +1 click appears very very powerful. I would welcome any counter examples or similar stories if people can be bothered to test for themselves.