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Or at the very least make it geolocation accessible so when there is an important event or birthday people in X country will see a logo that is relevant to X country, but it would be nice to see it network ride so that people in A country can learn more about X, Y, Z countries and customs.
For example a logo could be done for the Rio Carnival, one perhaps for the Music Festival in Paris, one for Songkran in Thailand.
Using festivals from all over the world will help educate people to others cultures customs etc.
for any 2 year old site to go from #10 to #130 to #8 to #57 for the same 2 word phrase in the span of a 10 week period, as my site has, is riduculous.
suggestion 2: put me in charge of the punch bowl
suggestion 3: Do you play party games at these get togethers? If yes, have a game called "Put the web site in the directory" (a variation on "Put the tail on the donkey"). Where you have a donkey (called the donkey) and a player called the "editor". Give the editor 10 tags with his site domains / names on them, and see how many he can put in the directory (on the donkey's behind)
:-) Grinnin as ever :-)
 I meant acronyms but couldnt think of the word :P [/edit]
[edited by: TheDave at 2:53 am (utc) on Aug. 19, 2003]
Give as much detail as possible without giving away trade secrets. eg: repeating a word/phrase too much (x percent) will get you penalized for that term and eventually will be considered spam and get your whole page/site banned.
I believe giving details of what you consider spam will keep all good sites from inadvertently being consider spam.
My biggest fear is inadvertently being banned. I have a valid site on 'widgets', if I list my products like
1 inch round red widgets
1 inch round blue widgets
1 inch square red widgets
1 inch square blue widgets
2 inch round red widgets
2 inch round blue widgets
Will repeating it too much be considered spam for the term 'widget'. If so I'd avoid it and do
<h2>1 inch round</h2>
<h2>2 inch round</h2>
Either way my site is just as valid for widgets but what might Google consider spam and what does Google like best. What ever Google likes, I like.
That's just an example of my concern about spam, others might have their concerns about what is considered spam.
Since Google is moving more toward pay-for-inclusion services. I vote they create a paid inclusion directory, to replace the ODP. Or to at least supplement what I view as a failed project.
Been two month now and still no proper (non-automatic) answer given. Any other company would be blamed/pointed at for such a bad customer care :(
1) Toolbar PR functionality available on a web page or whatever for those of us who have upgraded from IE to Opera
2) An option to do a "link:" and get results from low PR sites included.
3) If a site is penalised, say so explicitly in the SERPS. That would help the sanity of webmasters worrying that they've been penalised when in fact they just don't have any decent backlinks yet!
well, one thing that bugs me as a SE user is all the results from email-lists that you get whenever you search for something a bit technical. This is a recent phenom. They're absolutely worthless for anything but email-harvesting, although the links pointing towards them do have the right keywords. When i need such stuff i go to dej.. Google groups or use my newsreader, as i can see the whole thread there. [added: blogs... same thing..]
I guess i want an option like "do not include this-or-that" ...regexps?
Also, well, sometimes i'd like to search for odd file-types like "something.pl" "something.css" "something.js" ... it's just a file-name search really - i'd just like a pointer to the file, no indexing is needed. (This is definitely not it: allinurl: "style.css" and this does not do the trick: "filetype:css" )
How about a way to escape special characters (. / etc.) so that they must be in the SERPS?
I only partially support the "tech-info" mentioned... i'd like to see IP lookup, DNS zone info, server config/netstat... all the details. OTOH that's not valuable to the general public, and there's already lots of other means for obtaining that - i do have my tools and probably would not use G in stead.
Oh, and then i'm in opposition... please don't personalise or do localization... somehow the Great G Gateway has got the impression that i'm from Germany but i'm not.. i don't need translations to German at all and i have absolutely no need to go to Google Deutschland... Keep these features fixed to the G TLD used please - if needed, use a .us domain for US-searches in stead of the com.
Guess that's all for now...
"For example, you may not (...) take the results from the Service and reformat and display them, or mirror any portion of the results on your Web site; "
I think you have a business opportunity here as a content aggregator. By all means do provide a means to make filtered searches available on my website, i'll even pay or display your logo or whatever...
I'm almost sorry for the photo, Brett. Not that GoogleGuy isn't as totally adorable as I thought he'd be, but the way the photos are done kind of does something with the GoogleGuy mystique. Some of those among us have had quite a different image than what the photo shows.
Hey! I happen to have a single daughter, can you find out if he's already taken and spoken for or if he's eligible and up for grabs?
The chance to see GoogleGuy is no big draw for me (no offense, GG ;) )...there are other reasons I'd consider subscribing, but how its being p1mped really turns me off, as in this thread and in how often subscriber's forum posts show up in the Highlighted Posts section.
Also, I would love to see a Google.us. I know its the world wide web, but there are sometimes when I would like results from American sites only. Other contries have it, and I'm jealous.
2. Stop using WW and this forum as Google PR playground.
3. This is Google News forum, if Google intend to participate in this forum then...What critical news can Google share that would benefit majority of the webmasters here?
<added>Mod, feel free to delete this post if this is hypocritical of Google as per WW standard</added>
That's a pretty recent example, but there are plenty of other ones. I think the give and take works pretty well here. I help answer questions and dispel myths when I can, and I get to hear what people are thinking. Personally, I think it's fair to ask what Google can do better every six months or so. I'm sure the mods get tired of seeing this thread each year, but it helps me see what people are thinking about, what features they'd want, etc.