Google Search History Tagging Folksonomies...Please Tag My Site :)

Oct 11th

Oh so quietly Google added a tagging feature to their My Search History product.

I believe Google will eventually find ways to trust Google accounts more the same way they trust domains more as they age. The tags surely can be abused, but so can links. Just like link anchor text, the tagging could be used by Google to help understand the aboutness of a page or site.

It would take a good bit of knowledge to create a variety of random Google accounts that had regular and unique search habbits over time. Google does not need to try to stop all search spammers, they only need to make search spamming so complex or expensive that most people would just rather put in the effort to create something of high quality.

Yahoo! added a rich get richer factor into their algorithms, adding blogs to their news search. In an interview with Forbes.com Joff Redfern, a director in Yahoo! Search, stated blog rankings may be due in part to the number of My Yahoo! subscribers:

"If we've got more people subscribed to a blog, there is presumably more credibility to its reputation," says Redfern.

You gotta wonder how many fake accounts are getting set up as I type this.

Do any SEO websites sell search behavior or established user accounts yet? If not I wonder how long until they hit the market and how long until those services are claimed on many sites :)

Published: October 11, 2005

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October 12, 2005 - 1:15am

If I used Google for tagging, I just might tag your site. I'm not impressed with what Google is doing but I do think their efforts indicate a fundamental shift in the way we view search. Others like wink call it 'people powered search', BlinkList calls it their 'personal discovery engine', and Yahoo! dubs it My Web 2.0. Tagging will transform our approach to finding information on the web efficiently. Search 2.0 is coming.

October 13, 2005 - 4:06pm

I wonder how long it's gonna be till asking people to tag your site is considered as bad as asking people to click your AdSense ads? There's no TOS specifically for the Personalized Search yet, but when (and if) Google adds it will that be mentioned? ;-)

October 13, 2005 - 4:11pm

>I wonder how long it's gonna be till asking people to tag your site is considered as bad as asking people to click your AdSense ads?

Hence the fact I am asking way ahead of time. Currently it is well within guidelines to ask ;)

I wouldn't doubt if eventually there was a site asking people to tag for money just like the shill blog technique.

October 13, 2005 - 5:17pm

"Pay-per-tag" sort of thing, yeah :-)

As for fake Yahoo accounts - do you honestly believe nobody was setting them before you posted this? ;-)

October 13, 2005 - 5:31pm

>do you honestly believe nobody was setting them before you posted this?

No. I know otherwise. But this is just a friendly reminder to some who may want to :)

I actually do not have any fake accounts...I figure some of my more technical buddies would be willing to hook me up on that front if need be ;)

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