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Google SearchWiki — a new feature that allows you to move and comment on search results — has been out for less than a day, and it’s amazing to see how much confusion (as well as commentary) there is already developing. So below, some clarification on how it works, opportunities search marketers should consider, some privacy issues and ideas for improving it.
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from jimbeetle 2076 Days ago #
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That Sullivan guy does some pretty good work ;-). A great cheat sheet to follow as I play around with this over the weekend.

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from GrantHammond 2075 Days ago #
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<font size="3"><font face="Calibri">I have used Search Wiki for about 12 hours and I now thoroughly hate myself. I can now freely admit that Google and Yahoo and even MSN and Live do it better than I do. I got all excited this morning and promoted all of my favorite sites for all of my favorite search terms. Then, by the end of the day when I wanted new info...guess what? Yeah, same old info! I have handcuffed my ability to learn. It’s like going to your local library and roping off all of the aisles except for your favorite reference books. Isn’t this basically saving a website into your favorites? Heck, we already have that ability!</font></font><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">I was wrong, you are right. I am stupid, you are smart. I am ugly, you are beautiful! Please tell me what is best for me, bring back normal search!!</font></font>

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from MattCutts 2075 Days ago #
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Nice write-up, Danny. Always good to know when people are searching your site for porn (or tips to prevent being hacked to show porn).

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from semlady 2075 Days ago #
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Comprehensive investigation, as always. :) I am curious about the ordering of the comments, though. They don’t appear to be in date, or alphabetical order... perhaps that is what the thumbs up/down is for? Would love to know.

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from Jill 2075 Days ago #
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Good write up!<div></div><div>This whole thing is a bit scary as it seems like it could be the beginning of many reputation management nightmares, as if we don’t have enough things to worry about in this regard!</div>

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from scottbowler 2075 Days ago #
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Looks like it’s already being abused - searching for techcrunch brings up notes advertising pornography websites. As Jill said above, this is going to cause a huge headache for brand management.This is going to open the floodgates for spam and cost businesses hundreds of hours in unnecessary admin.

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from Jill 2075 Days ago #
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I hope it becomes something that one has to opt into and not something that everyone sees by default. If not, there’s the potential for it to really ruin the Google experience. Google Search isn’t Wikipedia or Digg. While the option for viewing comments and other things about websites is very cool, it should only be available to those who make an effort to see it for whatever reason.

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from incrediblehelp 2074 Days ago #
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Dont worry Jill I bet only small percent of the overall Google users actually have a Google account at this point.

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from debram 2074 Days ago #
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It’s interesting all the tools and appliances Google comes up with for a seemingly small number of people.  I’ve talked to local friends who use Google daily for work and at home but have never heard of GoogleDocs, knol or any of the other applications save gmail.I’ve never seen an ad in any major publication about  the tools they’ve launched except the occasional mention in an article in magazines like Time or Wired.  Gotta wonder why the new stuff is launched when they don’t promote the old.  I mean, if you really want to promote "do no evil" you don’t "do no talking"....Or maybe that’s really the plan after all.  Tell no one but the search community and watch how they use them.  (re-adjusts tin foil chapeau)

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from MajesticSEO 2074 Days ago #
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Looks like it was removed - http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/22/google-searchwiki-vanishes/ - good riddance as it’s a terrible idea with terrible implementation.

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from zigojacko 2073 Days ago #
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Great write-up Danny, thanks ever so much, you’ve pretty much answered any questions/queries I had with the SearchWiki feature.Although it’s early days still, I don’t like the feature I have concluded, heh. As pointed out in this article, it requires better controls. From an SEO perspective, I just don’t get it, I honestly can’t see what any possible use or benefit this has to me whatsoever...Why would I want to vote my results up to the top rankings? If I know what website I am searching for, I would use a direct search to it, if I want to refer to websites every now and then but am not that familiar with them, then I will bookmark them.I just don’t get it, it might just be me but it seems pointless, the comments idea is good but that system is going to saturated with spam.

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from zigojacko 2073 Days ago #
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Three of us access the same Google account as well so it would just cause the most amount of problems if each one of us started voting up/down rankings, we wouldn’t know whether we were coming or going and to keep logging in and out of your account to get the natural organic results would just prove to be a huge inconvenience.

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from dtodorova 2073 Days ago #
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I am getting sicker of Google features and products that are designed to make my online experience richer, and the only one getting richer is Google. From this early stage as it is I see only a growing reputation management problem (especially for big brands with lots of haters under their belts) and more data collected by Google. Users don’t need Search Wiki. The only people who need Search Wiki are Google (for collecting rating info straight from the horse mouth) and reputation management consultants.

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from christinagirll 2072 Days ago #
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Hwow! Those were detailed discussions on Google SearchWiki. It’s nice of you to point out and share your observations. But I’m not sure about this SearchWiki for now.. hmmmm.. thanks though..

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