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Google's SearchWiki – it's not all that bad

Ever since the introduction of Google’s SearchWiki for iGoogle users, there has been a lot of hue and cry about cluttering, spamming and what not.

What is worse is that many people have been griping about the non-availability of an opt-out option.

The truth is that SearchWiki isn’t all that bad. You can simply turn off the visibility of the pubic comments (this option is available at the end of each search page). What this does is that everything goes back to normal – except the small green boxes in front of the link. While this does not bring back the full pristineness of the Google search results, this still results in a generally non-impeded page.

Actually, SearchWiki is useful sometimes… When looking for particular keywords, you can see which link is most useful of all. While there is occasional spam, many good comments make it easier to choose the best link in the very first page of results.

It is, as always, another of Google’s experiments. The only surprise here is that it happened with Google’s primary cash cow: search, whereas almost all of their other recent experiments have been with other less important things.

Nevertheless, Google’s SearchWiki seems to be here for good – Google is not talking about repealing it. In the meantime, you can simple remove the public comments (and visually filter out the faded green boxes) or disable it completely.

Either ways, I find the SearchWiki to be not all that bad.

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  1. 27 November 2008 at 6:17 AM

    you are right, however, in terms of its comments, your competitors will spam your comments giving several negative feedbacks about your site. Now, google must have a way to filter that. Or is there a way to do that? what do you think?

  2. 27 November 2008 at 1:52 PM

    You have a point there.

    I do believe, however, that we can actually contact Google to have the comments disabled for your own link.

    But I agree with you – that is a real problem.

    My suggestion to Google is that the Google Webmaster Tools must have an option for a specific site to opt out of SearchWiki comment-ability.

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