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Is Google Biased?

2:00 PM -- From The Philter's email bag, Light Reading founder Peter Heywood weighs in with an item that suggests Google's search capability isn't as good as it used to be:

Take this Ciena press release

We pushed this live at 8:39 AM yesterday

If you search Google news on "ciena" it lists 9 articles over the past 22 hours... and LR is *NOT* among them.

This happens a lot.

So what do you think? Is Google evil or are we just somehow missing the way to exploit its search algorithm?

— Phil Harvey, Search and Auto Engine Editor, Light Reading

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blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 3:44:28 AM
re: Is Google Biased? Go back and read what I said...

You folks are complaining that Google is biased in terms of what shows up on a search but you are selective in terms of what you run. For example, a free release service would mean you just post what people send you, provided of course, that it was related to the markets you cover. You folks don't. Look at your coverage of the components sector for example. You run some stories but if I want to get the latest releases from companies I have to go somewhere else which is no big deal but you want to gripe about Google being a search engine (which is becoming obvious they are not) and not listing your site's contents.
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:44:28 AM
re: Is Google Biased? P.s. what I consider more outrageous, annoying, and kind of underhanded on the Internet is Yahoo's presentation of its "news sources" (TheStreet.com, CNET, e.t.c.) on the Yahoo Finance site.

The news wire on Yahoo Finance is completely pay-to-play. As far as I can tell, they don't really disclose this and the general public perceives it as pure news.



Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:44:28 AM
re: Is Google Biased? >However, when LR decides to publish every?>release that companies put out then feel free >to complain when Google gives you the cold >shoulder.

Eh? That's the most lame complaint I've ever heard. Most news outlets wouldn't publish press releases for free. It's a free service to our community. Think we should stop?

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:44:27 AM
re: Is Google Biased? yeah, not sure what you're referring to, but no, we don't post everything. But that's mostly related to a finite amount of interesting things, not some grand conspiracy.

I also don't really see the connection between a editor-driven niche web site publishing industry press releases and a massive automated search engine.



blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 3:44:27 AM
re: Is Google Biased? Who said it was a conspirayc? (Ooops, tin foil hat got in the way of my typing)

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:44:26 AM
re: Is Google Biased? re: "But, when you complain that Google isn't giving you any love it rings hollow."

In your head, maybe. But what folks should understand is that I'm asking if our misses on Google are more about its technology or something we should be doing that we're not.

Make sense?

ph
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:44:26 AM
re: Is Google Biased? to keep this more constructive, why don't you tell us the 5 biggest ways LR can be improved?

and you can only use "fire phil" for three of them.

okay?

ph
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:44:26 AM
re: Is Google Biased? >Go back and read what I said...

why?
exedfa 12/5/2012 | 3:44:25 AM
re: Is Google Biased? I just used google to search for Light Reading.

Reading light looks like it is more popular.
Michael Poole 12/5/2012 | 3:44:25 AM
re: Is Google Biased? "Try and be a bit more professional and lose the locker room humor, fecal jokes and political digs."

Hey, we need a bit of puerility to lighten up our days. Keep up the sick simian and panderous humour! (- and the rest of it.)

M
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