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The Google update

fun article on the topic

     
2:17 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This article link was posted in the neverending Google update panic thread and it's too great to get lost there.

[kuro5hin.org...]

Take a break and enjoy reading it. :)

Thanks for alerting us to this story Markus. I've been sending the URL to my friends who do really wonder about me and my Google obsession.

Anne

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2:18 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Good find annej. I`ll read it straight away.
2:34 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Anne. As you guessed, there are lots of people who do not read the update thread :)
2:35 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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> too great to get lost there.

I'm too shy to post new threads ;)

I particularly liked one of the comments:

"This monthly pattern of apprehension, excitement and edginess seems oddly feminine to me. Does anyone know Google's gender?"

We know that Googlebot is a SHE but I never thought about the Google Dance that way... :)

3:32 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The article cites the unknown originator of the term "Google Dance" - has anyone combed through the archives to find the first WebmasterWorld use of the term? I'm guessing the first WebmasterWorld use would be the first anywhere. I'm just disappointed that my own "Googlenoia" term didn't catch on in the same way - certainly, there are many sufferers here... ;)
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at 1st i couldnt wait for the google update..now i just look and think oh theres an update, check back links on my site and check about 3 mail keywords to make sure my rank hasnt changed too much! I dont now bother reading the update thread...too hard and too boring!

Thanks for the link :)

3:53 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks to kpaul for the article.

>has anyone combed through the archives
>to find the first WebmasterWorld

Yes. :-) But, I don't believe it is the first usage of it. A year ago, I tracked it as far back as a Blog site that no longer exists.

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That was a good read, and a good mention of this place as well :)

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4:57 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ah good article, the site its on has been one bookmarked for quite some time. :D
5:05 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Pretty cool indeed. Good find.
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I'm sorry but how, or why is Googlebot a she?
What part of the <BODY> did you check to determine that!:)
7:43 pm on Jan 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Fred,

The determination was based more on behavior than on anatomy :)

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"This monthly pattern of apprehension, excitement and edginess seems oddly feminine to me. Does anyone know Google's gender?"

Regardless of Google's gender, it's the denizens of this list who get publicly hot and flustered all through the dance :)

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perhaps it could lead to a new euphemism - "oh, not tonight love, i've got googlebot visiting"
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I realize it is a silly discussion....but.... to me Googlebot is male. In my mind anyway.
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Thanks to a very poor host my site was offline during the last crawl
(Dec28-Jan5) and as I suspected I would not show up in the next google
update (Feb1 or so). My site has been in google.com , google directory and
dmoz for more than 1 year.
My question is:
1. Assuming the only reason I will not be in the latest update is because
the site was offline during the crawl, can I be certain I will be in the next update
being
March1 or so?(and again assuming my site is online during the Feb crawl)

Thank you

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Yes Rudy, Quite right - the site will show up again after the next update.
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>mostly newbies

Guilty as charged on this one, I have to admit. Each dance, I spend less time on ww and more time actually doing stuff, eventually I probably will barely notice.

However, it was getting excited about the dance that led me to ww in the first place (I Googled for "Google algorithm" and ended up here). So it's actually a great thing, ww has massively accelerated my learning curve (and profound thanks for that, all of you). :)

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Hi, longtime lurker, first time poster. ;)

Just wanted to say thanks for all the kind words on the article.

I'm still curious as to where the phrase 'google dance' started, though.

12:13 am on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome, kpaul! Nice article!
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Good find kpaul...interesting read.
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Hiya KPaul. Welcome and thanks for the article!

I'm still curious as to where the phrase 'google dance' started, though.

I had it back in June or somewhereabouts. There was a Blog by someone who worked for Google who credited someone specific from Webmasterworld with the term, but I can't find it now, unfortunately. :( I'll keep my eyes open for it.

Was nice to see two terms in your article that I coined, though. Almost makes me wish Google stays #1 with a bullet for a long time just so I have something to tell my grandkids. :)

G.

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Was nice to see two terms in your article that I coined, though.

Everflux and freshbot?

And yeah, I'd be really interested if you (or someone else) could dig up a name. Just one of those things that nags the back of your mind 'til you find out. ;)

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What gender is Google?

It gathers, it doesn't hunt (wont find you if you're not linked to). It goes through a self-renewal process every 28 days or so. It's well organized and keeps its home nicely decorated for special occasions. It certainly keeps lots of secrets. It's got its own 'guy'. It can be as erratic and confusing to me as only females may, and then comfort me with its inherent logic. It can break your heart. It can make your day.

it must be a woman.

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Hello, first time post for me. A VERY interesting article, especially the googleguy links. I only found this site a couple of weeks ago and it has just saved me from possibly making a hideous mistake in giving a reciprocal link to a 'spammy' site that offered me a link. Funny that they also sell a similar product to me - hmmmmmmm.
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I started the term "Google Dance". The first public usage was in the Commission Junction forums back when they still had them. I also used it on these forums shortly after it's first use there.
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Rudy,
Do you get visited by the freshbot? If so you shouldn't have to wait the entire month. Additionally, I would try submitting your index page to Google and that may warrant you a visit from the freshbot. It won't hurt if you just do it once.

G-Body is definitely a woman!
FreshBot is her twin sister.
I love it when they're both on my site together:)

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Fiver,

it must be a woman

Ahhh, so sweet. Warms this granny's heart. ;)

Anne

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Well Google definately picked up and ran with it.

[google.com...]

The invitation for this GoogleDance2002 had a surfing robot and some kind of a wave proclaiming "SERPs Up!"

They then handed out GoogleDance 2002 T-Shirts to everyone in attendance.