believe it or not, Google has been using HUMAN from around the world to rate / compare search result, and to get the right sites at the top of the listing. A blog broke the story about Google yesterday,
If that was a secret, that should have been remained as a secret. Not a very good employee, he was. This is the same as having one of your fired employee betrayed you and tell how you run your secret hosting provider. I am not sure I would like that employee on my team. Just a thought.
Bleh, it's not even influancing pagerank. If you watch the demo it's merely for evaluation of the SERPs, which are likely just displaying the output of different code. I'm actually not suprised about this at all. It's how you know if formula A is better than formula B.
Why is this an issue?
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WHOA. There is a network that nobody has known about for a while called eval.google.com Finally someone let the cat out of the bag! Google sometimes uses HUMANS to edit their search results! =-o This is huge news. If you try to access eval.google.com you get nothing... it only accepts certain IP's and networks. Man I want into that so bad.
Twinky, I don't think you've read the article.
They're not rating a site based on taste or anything similar, just whether or not it matches the keywords used to access the site. Mainly to avoid Spam.
What is it? It's a lab of humans from all over the world (from China to The Netherlands, from Korea to Brasil) They are paid to check search results of Google every day. Most of the employees, called international agents by Google, were recruited through universities all over the world. The aim is to avoid spam, to get the right sites at the top of the listing and to test new features, not shown to the public yet.
I'm not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about this. Yahoo does it and I am sure the other big search engines do it as well. Funnily enough, even major corporations not related to the internet do very similar things. It's called "Quality Assurance Testing". Let's hope that anyone who sells a service or product as the foresight to insure they are selling something of quality and not just hoping that there isn't problems without actually checking.
Just imagine if Ford didn't have quality assurance testing on their cars they sell. Gives you a whole different perspective doesn't it? Why should Google have any less responsibility to make sure they have a quality product just because they are dealing with information instead of automobiles?
Last edited by Jeremy Johnstone; 06-03-2005 at 08:16 PM.