Google’s Wiki …what’s going on?

25 November 2008 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

A recent a Google announcement of Wiki services in Google to improve the search experience and allow users to rank search results has a number of individuals questioning exactly what’s going on. Just like most wiki projects, this project did not in a straight line. Apparently this new service came from a Google Wiki Search Team rather than Google Labs.

How does the new Google Wiki work?

The new Google Wiki will allow users to conduct searches, and then permits them to reorder or delete certain results. That way when users return for future visits to Google they get their search results in the order they want. Only the user has access to their own search results with its Google Wiki reorganization, so they can keep this private.

What’s really going on?

Some skeptics complain that Google’s run out of ideas and that they are fixing something that wasn’t broken. Maybe, but perhaps there’s more method to this madness – since users’ can control the priority of their search results, won’t Google have even more powerful advertising data about users? Google users are more likely to spend more time on Google, which can only help Google’s business. Privacy of personal information should be a major concern to Google users since Google will have a personal insight about search priority of search results, not to mention the deleted search results. Stay tuned for future developments!

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