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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Questions of interest

One of the great things about having your own blog is access to information that others just should not have, as of course it is important to keep up with how much interest the blog is generating.

That information is important for lots of reasons, which is why I think it is kept much more close in modern blogs than in the past, when for instance you could often see visitor counts. These days for most that kind of information tells too much.

It's a highly competitive world. And on the web you are competing with the world.

There are other clues though, like I deliberately named this blog something I thought of as rather generic. That approach is risky, as you may never go high in web search, but if that is possible, then it is a great way to see whether or not interest is being drawn.

So, was wondering if it would take over search results.

In Google, it did.

And it can be hard to get a feel for what that means unless you ask yourself a question:

Wouldn't you like to be able to tell people that you found some math?

Where you could direct them, not with a paper handed to them, or a link, but with simple instructions: just go to Google and search--some math

If you think that's easy to accomplish, why don't you do it?

That's global. Have fun checking me on that one.

Or even better, take it over. If you find some math that is better, shouldn't that #1 be you?

It's weird to consider, but highly improbable that even a leading university, let alone any individual human being, could take that search position from me now, as you're looking at a global effect.

It would be cool though if someone did! As it would require some math, use of that phrase, and that math would have to have global impact, so that enough people would do whatever it is they do that drives things up in search! Google knows of course, as I guess do the other search engines, while right now Google is the best at it.

But web technology is still rather new. More than likely in the near future the fullness of that reality will be clear, while for now most people, including me, still struggle to understand what it takes.

Oh yeah, I'm assuming a bit here about how that search went for you!

This blog should be in the top 10 with that search. If not, oh well. Lots less impressive.

And don't I look silly then?

You see, I can't control that search--other people do. Their interest is what's reflected.

And advanced technological companies like Google have built their business around that interest. So it is as objective as you can get.

There is no plausible reason for why Google would bend any of its rules to suit my wants.

Which means an unbelievably powerful validation comes from the best of modern technology saying there are people interested! Cool.

If that interest goes away, then I lose search position.

And I can sit here and type what I want about what's true now, but it's a dynamic reality so it's a constant competition, every minute, of every day.

That competition is unending.

So yeah, if you think it worth challenging that position, which I think is a great thing for others to do, understand you fight to hold it from then on, without let-up, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, against anyone else anywhere in the world who can take it from you.

Competition can be good for us all. Humanity benefits, remember. Pushing the limits of human knowledge is not a bad thing, and it should be recognized.

And web search is an objective measure that lets you know: some people are interested.


James Harris
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