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    Make Google Search your Own???
    For the first time, I've the Google new feature in my SERPs. Promote or Remove
    I must say, I'm not too happy about that.
    Google pushes their users to denounce, accuse... What's that crap?
    They ask us to leave a comment for each result.

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

    A way for you to customize search by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results.
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/...-your-own.html

    Getting a top ranking for any keyword may become a thing of the past. Even if for now, it affects only your own searches, Google SERPs are going to be open to manipulation. Google is already collecting too much information. Why do they need your own search preferences? It's a huge privacy issue. They could be using that information, one day.
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    I saw this for the first time when I changed my search preferences to show 30 results instead of 10. Not sure if that kicked it on, but that's the first time I saw it.

    I guess I don't look at it as a privacy issue, since it's a voluntary click. They were already tracking what results were getting clicked anyways, so I think they're just trying to add a 2.0'ey capability.

    Remains to be seen how much they weight the anecdotal public input. I have to go read that blog post.
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    I don't know how they expect to prevent people from gaming the results when they can't even keep blatant spam out of their blog comments. (Scroll down, you'll find it.)

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    In the blog, "The changes you make only affect your own searches"

    Too bad, I was hoping to promote my sites for everyone to see. He, he.

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    I think this kind of thing usually gets overblown, personalized search. You have to be signed into Google to use it in the first place. Then, I don't think most people when they use a search engine, it's to rank and suggest webpages. It's to find stuff. And again, you have to be logged in to even do this. And on top of that, what's been mentioned already. If they use this somehow for the main SERPS everybody sees, it just opens the door to all kinds of new manipulation, things they always try to fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyM
    In the blog, "The changes you make only affect your own searches"

    Too bad, I was hoping to promote my sites for everyone to see. He, he.
    It's the first thing I saw, Promote. I thought it was too good to be true (and free).

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    I saw those buttons the other day but didn't know what they were until I saw this thread. Interesting idea, but as it stands I don't think its very useful. Maybe this would be useful if they did a social search results tab that offers a separate set of search results based entirely on social bookmarking. Sure, gaming would be a problem but there are mechanisms to account for that.

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