Search Entropy in action: Google loves Wikipedia

More on the problems of internet searches… According to Hitwise (February 2007) Google has been sending more and more traffic Wikipedia’s way, which has been a regular gripe of The Register.

Today, they’ve been on the theme of entropy on the web again, having a go at Tim Burners Lee for having a go at them when he was questioned on the bright shiny world of the internet in general and the Semantic Web in particular. They note

his answer didn’t inspire much confidence for the rest of us: it would be used within the firewall, amongst trusted groups, “areas where one is much less worrying about the bad guys”

That is, the Semantic Web cannot be self-organising. And if it cannot be self-organising, in the end, will it be very different from DMOZ or any other resource based around (manual) categorisation by a trusted source?

The Register has been making this point in its inimitable style a while now. For instance there was the interview with Colly Myers of AQA I blogged about back in August last year. He argued that Google and other generic search engines are beginning to suffer from entropy – the system is too big and polluted by ever-increasing junk links. Instead the move will be towards paid-for answer finding, or the use of social networks such as MySpace

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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