Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do search engine suggestions make the most popular angle of an issue more popular?

A few more follow-ups on the nanopublic post on Google from May 7, 2010. UW-Madison did a press release today, including some commentary from Dominique Brossard:
"Sergey Brin and Larry Page created Google to sort search results, in part, based on how popular particular sites were," [she] says. "For science information, that means that surfers may be offered the most popular results rather than the ones that best represent the current state of the science."
Update: USA Today, Nanowerk.com, Madison.com, science + religion TODAY and UW-Madison eCALS have also posted their takes on this research.