RE: Keep on Googlin'

From: Ziana Astralos (
Date: Sat May 26 2001 - 09:06:13 MDT

On Fri, 25 May 2001, "Harvey Newstrom" wrote:
> Google is actually a human voting engine. It keeps
> track of what you click on and how fast you come
> back to try other things. It ups the priority of
> things that many people select, while it lowers the
> priority of things that many people back out of.
> Therefore, under each topic, you get what other
> people seem to prefer when they use the same
> keywords you used.
> It is a very effective mechanism for capturing human
> preferences. The people who visit the site are
> actually tuning the decisions made by the machine.

Well, there is a search engine that does that, but it's not Google. :-) Google ups the priority of a result based on the links to that page; see for more information. The links in Google's search results lead straight to the actual address of the page, without being redirected through Google first, so it has no means of keeping track of which links you visit. DirectHit, however, does what you're thinking of; see for more information. The links in its search results are redirected through DirectHit, so that it can keep track of which are visited.

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