By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Google has introduced a very interesting new feature to their search index – Digg-style voting buttons, where you can vote websites up and down using your Google account.
This is something which apparently has been tested for a long time by Google and which has now been released for prime time. Once you make your search for something, you can show your approval or disapproval by clicking the up or down arrow and your name will appear underneath the result. If you give something a thumb up, it will bring the item on top of the search results for the keyword you just typed in.
According to the official Google blog, this will have no effect whatsoever on actual search ranking. The feature is only there to tweak what is displayed on your own search result pages.