Google introduces Digg-style voting buttons

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.

Your thoughts?

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12 Responses to Google introduces Digg-style voting buttons

  1. Ugh, I just noticed that this morning. Anything that gives jerks people the power to “bury” a good website in the hopes of boosting their own means me no likey. Of course, I could be totally wrong and I am in a bad mood today. But even so, I don’t think I like it.

  2. Ugh, I just noticed that this morning. Anything that gives jerks people the power to “bury” a good website in the hopes of boosting their own means me no likey. Of course, I could be totally wrong and I am in a bad mood today. But even so, I don’t think I like it.

  3. Blargh! I hate double posting, but I should add that even though I suspected that this only affects your own searches (which it does), anyone else using “SearchWiki” can see all of your notes that you’ve added to search results. I am being extremely cynical when I say that people are already looking for ways to exploit this. I need to go drink some happy juice now.

      • Although the arrows don’t affect search rankings, other people can see your comments. That might have an effect. Google’s definitely treading a thin line between useful user contribution and self-interested results pollution.

      • Although the arrows don’t affect search rankings, other people can see your comments. That might have an effect. Google’s definitely treading a thin line between useful user contribution and self-interested results pollution.

  4. Ugh, I just noticed that this morning. Anything that gives jerks people the power to "bury" a good website in the hopes of boosting their own means me no likey. Of course, I could be totally wrong and I am in a bad mood today. But even so, I don't think I like it.

  5. Blargh! I hate double posting, but I should add that even though I suspected that this only affects your own searches (which it does), anyone else using "SearchWiki" can see all of your notes that you've added to search results. I am being extremely cynical when I say that people are already looking for ways to exploit this. I need to go drink some happy juice now.

      • Although the arrows don't affect search rankings, other people can see your comments. That might have an effect. Google's definitely treading a thin line between useful user contribution and self-interested results pollution.

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