September 04, 2008

Google Results Domination by Wikipedia - another study

Another study about Google's high ranking of Wikipedia articles:

"Just How Powerful Is Wikipedia?"

Well, with 70% of the US using Google (and that number is similarly high is many countries around the world) to find information, it would definitely be important if Google was very often sending us to Wikipedia. ....

... we found that an amazing 50.2% of the top 1000 searches had a Wikipedia result on the first page. (That's 502 out of 1000 for the math challenged.) We theorized that many of the "no" results likely came from the large number of porn terms on the list, and a cleaner list of family friendly terms might favor Wikipedia even more.

This overall result is of course not new - but I think it shows one reason why the extensive law / policy marketing of Wikipedia is a cause for concern.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google , wikipedia | on September 04, 2008 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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I've been tracking the vicissitudes of Google rankings in a desultory way for quite a way now, more recently looking at the impact of Google's Knol on some of my favourite subjects. Here's a link to a thread at The Wikipedia Review where we are discussing related results in an informal way:

Knol Edge Is Power

Jon Awbrey

Posted by: Jon Awbrey at September 8, 2008 12:36 AM

Let me try that link again:

Jon Awbrey

Posted by: Jon Awbrey at September 8, 2008 12:38 AM