Google employees decide what Google users see

Just when you thought it was safe to search in the Google fountain of websites, Google announces that they allow their employees to decide what they want to feature in the page’s search results.

This comes as quite interesting news as the company, not so long ago, outright claimed that the search engine relied on a computer algorithm to make such decisions.  Google came out and said, plain and simply, the Google algorithm “relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value.”

However, in the wake of the news that Google is in control of the search results, there has been quiet uproar as users of the site are starting to feel cheated.

Google have also featured in the headlines recently due to their connection with the possibility of cataloguing the United States’ Government websites in the future.

Eric Schmidt, Google chief executive, said, “The vast majority of information is still not searchable or findable either because it’s not published or it’s on Web sites which the government has put up which no one can index.”

Users of the Internet are arguing that there is still a huge array of information out there that is unavailable to them.  Both Microsoft and Yahoo agree that the public would benefit having the public information accessible through their sites.

Google’s manager of public-sector content partnerships, J.L. Needham, says, “Unfortunately, too much of the public information provided on government Web sites just doesn’t show up when the average American does a Google search.  As a result, information that is intended for the public’s use is effectively invisible.”

Needham went on to claim that the company’s interest in the new access was nothing to do with money, but to do with customer satisfaction, saying, “We don’t care because there is monetization value.  It’s because if we fail to answer a question, then our users are disappointed with us, not their government.”

However, many are turning against Google in this debate, such as Danny Sullivan, editor in chief of  Sullivan claimed that, “The more information is available, the more people are likely to use Google.  It does help Google in the end.”

It is understandable why smaller search engine sites such as Sullivan’s do not want to see Google with such a wealth of knowledge at their binary finger tips as sites such as searchengineland will inevitable struggle in the wake of such an act.  More people will shy away from the smaller engines, knowing that they can get what they want and much more from the larger engines like Google.

The National Archives have claimed that they will probably be seeing their complete database on Google by January, however, the main problem Google faces is that they must wait for such Governmental organisations to make each of their pages into proper websites in order for them to then be catalogued, and that process takes a certain amount of time and a large amount of money.

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