rlange - 8:28 pm on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
That's how I read it...one would have thought that IF they can identify this 1% then surely the logical thing to do would be to advise those sites?
There are over 196 million (196,000,000) active domains; 1% of that is nearly 2 million. It's not exactly reasonable to inform each of those sites individually. Granted, it's not likely that all of those domains are indexed by Google, but it would still be a very large number.
However, all of that is irrelevant because this change affects 1% of searches, not 1% of websites. There are apparently around 3 billion (3,000,000,000) searches done on Google, globally, per day. Since 1% of that is 30 million (30,000,000) searches and each search encompasses a constantly shifting set of multiple websites, the task becomes even more unreasonable.
Lets hope the kid that cures cancer doesn't try to monetize too much or he'll be on the second page and pandalized.
I don't think the kid that cures cancer is going to be too worried about monetizing their website. Of course, I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of natural backlinks they would get for that achievement would more than drown out a poor design decision.