If you haven't been over to Google lately, do yourself a favor
and click on over there. Last week the Googlians added a directory
service to their innovative search engine.
The directory, licensed from Netscape's Open Directory Project
(ODP), is a browsable hierarchical subject-based directory like
Yahoo with a difference. Google hand-picked sites listed in the
ODP, and ranked them by "importance" using their PageRank
So when you browse through each category (Arts, Business,
Computers...) the sites listed are automatically sorted by
importance or popularity. Nifty stuff. But the Googlians didn't
stop there. They integrated the directory results into their seach
branch of the directory.
The net effect is more relevant searches. Finding the most
popular sites for a particular topic is fast, unlike other
directories where you have to sift through sites alphabetically
(although Google allows that too).
Leverage: What Google has done is leveraged the power of the Web
community to rank and now categorize sites. They've taken a
daunting problem, indexing the Web, and kung fu'd it with an open
solution. PageRank rates sites in part by the popularity of their
backlinks, letting webmasters vote with their links. Google also
leverages thousands of volunteer editors at ODP to categorize
sites, and then adds some magic PageRank to sort them. The results
are nothing short of spectacular. I'm Google-eyed.
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