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Wowow... Google Directory without PageRank in Alpha mode?

Google may be testing something big out there...

     
2:01 am on May 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

While I was searching for several random keywords on Google and reading posts in this forum, I stopped on something very strange that didn't know it existed:

Example:
[directory.google.com...]

ALL the categories of Google Directory have an new version in alpha test mode (I guess) that do NOT display the PageRank as they used to.

I smell that Google is testing something big out there... I really cannot imagine that Google is removing the PR measurement/importance from its algorithm but is there a chance that Google decided to keep it as a secret from the public - all of us?

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Aris

6:30 pm on May 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think it would be very interesting to have Brett or another moderator to post their comments on this observation...

Is Google thinking to give an end in public Pagerank?

PS. I don't think that PR will ever be abandoned by Google for site measurement; that's why I am speaking for an end in public.

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Click the 'Sort by pagerank' to see the page rank listing (the alpha ones are sorted alphabetically).

This is normal functionality.

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As far as I can remember Google Director when viewed in Alphabetic Order never showed any PR. And the Alpha stands for Alphabetic and not "Alpha Test". So this might be a false alarm?

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Is that new or not? - I deffo cant remember seeing it before.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I didn't notice it was the alphabetical listing; never saw it before. I am sorry for the misunderstanding.
7:27 pm on May 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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No, the alphabetical mode in the Google Directory is something that has been around for a while.

The oldest thread here that I can find that mentions it, after a quick search, was in March 2003.

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[Oops. Dumb mistake.]

[edited by: bether2 at 8:14 pm (utc) on May 29, 2005]

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bether2, i still see Directory being sorted on PageRank by default. I do not think this might be different for you?
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Yeah, I was going from the link given above. After checking some more, I realized that everything is working as normal and removed my post with the incorrect info.