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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Blogs and the Personal Internet

Blogs and the Personal Internet

—[5-2-04] I read an article on kuro5hin (should I be ashamed or happy?) that essentially had the argument/conclusion that (1) All blogs are useless, and (2) They're killing google rankings, so (3) They should die.

Regarding the first point, I can't help but agree partially--almost every blog that I've ever seen or heard of (and, I expect, most of those I haven't) is useful/interesting ONLY to people in immediate contact with the blogger. I think, though, that the article's author also misunderstands the point of blogs: They are not meant to be insightful, globally useful documents. Blogs are, as near as I can tell, primarily for just exactly those immediate friends that might be interested in them.

Bashing all blogs because their scope of usefulness is limited seems rash.

The second point, however, is maybe worth noting. I'm not sure if google (or other search engines) ought to index blog pages, but it definitely does now, and that fact does make a difference in how it ranks things. The large amount of automatic cross-linking between blog entries (friends pages, trackbacks, dedicated message boards for each post) give them a much higher relevance in google's listing than they probably deserve.

This is kind of nice, in that it helps connect searchers with _people_ who are interested in the topic of a search, but I'll admit that it's probably not what a search engine aims to or ought to do. There are any number of 'solutions' to this 'problem', which I won't go into. I'll just say that the existence of this argument has led me to become rather interested in just how the internet has been changing over the years. >>

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