- September 17, 2008
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Blog
Google is still debating the merits of an experiment that allowed users to re-rank and remove search engine results and comment on them.
The test, presented to a random portion of users, adds buttons next to result links to move them up and down, remove them from view and append comments to them. Implementing these features permanently would be a major step for Google in giving more participation to its users in influencing the process of ranking and evaluating search results.
Google has presented people with different variations of the experiment, which the company first publicly detailed about two weeks ago in an official blog posting.
One challenge is how to apply the collected feedback in a scalable and useful way, but what’s clear is that the data offers interesting insights to Google for search quality purposes.
Some Google critics complain that the company’s search engine remains too closed to user participation, ignoring a basic Web 2.0 principle and favoring automated processes and mathematical algorithms.