Google wants to know what you think is spam

15 02 2011

The Google blog tells us the following

“We’ve been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we’re exploring is explicit feedback from users. To that end, today we’re launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.”

More news after the jump

  • Twitter is now poised to raise the cost of their Promoted Trends from $70,000 to $80,000 a day to a potential $120,000 a day. Since the ad space routine sells out, it sounds like a case of what the market will bear. Now all Twitter has to do is find a way to personalize the delivery so they can sell more than one trend slot a month. This comes after Twitter has claimed they are making “more” money, but failed to clarify whether it was income or profit. Apparently 40% of Tweets are coming from mobile devices, I actually would have thought this number would be higher, Twitter is probably the most mobile friendly social network.
  • Online video usage in the U.S. is up significantly from the same time last year as time spent viewing video on a PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased 45 percent, according to a new report from Nielsen.
  • According to a new round of funding Facebook is now valued at 52 billion up 2 billion from last month. Am I the only person who thinks that’s insane?
  • The number of unique online video viewers only increased by 3.1% from last January, but the level of activity was up as viewers streamed 28% more video and spent 45% more time watching. Total video streams also saw significant year-over-year growth, up 31.5% to 14.5 billion streams.








One response

16 02 2011
Brad Fallon

This is a good idea by google coming up with an experimental Chrome to be able to detect spammers and will be able to blocked the sites that have shallow and low quality content.

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