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    Google does Digg?
    Doing a little late night research and found results with little up/down arrows next to them.

    This may be old news, but it appears big G is experimenting with user rated results. They are stating it is per user, but I have to wonder if they aren't noting which result gets moved up and down and giving some small value to that in the algo.

    http://www.google.com/experimental/a840e102.html

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    hmm..I've seen something like that in adsense ads, but not in the regular SERP's.

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    Google already takes into account an organic listing's CTR when evaluating its worthiness for a given query. The influence of user feedback on SERPs is only going to increase.


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    Quote Originally Posted by knight01
    Doing a little late night research and found results with little up/down arrows next to them.

    This may be old news, but it appears big G is experimenting with user rated results. They are stating it is per user, but I have to wonder if they aren't noting which result gets moved up and down and giving some small value to that in the algo.

    http://www.google.com/experimental/a840e102.html
    I would guess that they won't add it to the algo until they get enough of a data sample collected to evaluate how much weight to give it. But if it's been out for a while, or they combined that data with that from the toolbar-based voting, they may already be doing it.

    If not, the rankings will probably become a bunch of garbled up crud when they first add that in, until the tweaks are done...

    It's also possible that they'll end up finding that this kind of ranking system isn't any good for a category-exhaustive engine like theirs. Certain types of users may be a lot more prone to bother to rate, skewing the results because then there would be a lot more rating activity in some categories than others. Also, the rating users may have different opinions than the actual majority in some areas.

    Another thing that comes to mind is that they've had a rating feature in their toolbar for years. I wonder what made them decide to go to an onsite system?

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    This is personalized search for those signed into their Google account. It's much easier for Google to just monitor number of pages viewed from a SERP link to rank relivence.
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