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We need a social search, a big brand search, a mom n'pop search and goodness knows what else. The only way to achieve this is to wean the public off the idea that search means Google
...i never before had so much intelectual stimulation than i have right now, thanks to social media,
I also appreciate viggen's observations very much. Social media are a great leveler. Even the "grsat" are socially available as never before. I recently made contact with a world class particle physicist via Twitter.
I'm with coachm on this:
popularity (like + follow) = authority and excellence ... NOT!
That said, I'm wondering if you could elaborate on how you are accessing the "stimulation".
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I'll tell you flat out they are NOT tweeting, facebooking to get their messages out, or linking.
I'm confused by some of the posts here. It seems that the effects of Panda are being linked directly with Social Media tweets and the like. Not only linked but being thought of as the major part of Panda.
But we don't know what the Panda update really is or what is behind it? Or have I missed something recently.
And yes, content is still king, it always will be in the long run. To believe that general opinion is misguided in every day life matters is demeaning to the general population. And we are all part of that general population. If a site is good it will eventually be found and if a site is rubbish it will eventually fail.
Marketing is king. Always was, always will be. Content was just one way to achieve marketing purposes, and even that's coming to a close.
And if you thought that link based spam was/is bad, what till the popularity spammers get in gear, because that is COMPLETELY uncontrollable.
That may be the case for you, and I agree that we live in a marketed society. In fact your comment reflects a major part of my concern. The scientists, consultants (the good ones), the authors (the good ones), and the people creating content for other reasons than to try to sell widgets to the masses are losing whatever standing they had on the Internet.
But without visibility, there's no point doing this on the Internet, since without people to read, learn, digest, even discuss, it's pointless.
I still have users because they search for specific, niche-related questions that my site answers. Keep doing what you are doing, you mentioned it isn't for money anyways right?
Google can say that looks like the article on johnssmallsite-com is better (looks, because they cannot really analyze it) but big-pop-site-com/article541127.html mentions the same phrases and they have 354578 retweets, 2 million FB likes and thousands of people 'hang out' at the site. None of those metrics are related to the article in question but Google /Bing have that power.