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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:30 pm (utc) on Aug 25, 2013]
This time Google forget to update PR
It's a hypocritical stand for Google to say don't buy links when their toolbar's pagerank is the primary metric used to value links in such transactions.
No doubt the publicizing of PR was a bad mistake of Google. Should have always been internal.
There's nothing hypocritical about it.
When toolbar PR was introduced
Turbocharged, I think you're confused about what "hypocritical" means.
As for toolbar PR, it may be imperfect (and outdated), but it's an example of the "transparency" that site owners and SEOs are always demanding of Google.
Also, as Google's algorithms continue to become more sophisticated (with PR playing less of a role in rankings), there may be some value for Google in keeping SEOs distracted by PageRank.
If it has a PR of over 4 I feel relatively safe linking to it...
The thousands of fake accounts and "likes" in FB or the thousands fake accounts of "followers" in twitter?..