Note to self: try this in ten years
February 1, 2011 9:56 PM Subscribe
Has Google changed the structure of the web?
posted by pwnguin to Technology (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Google originally exploited the nature of citations, on the theory that citations were opinions about authority on a subject. It worked quite well obviously, but is there any concrete evidence that the feedback loop from people gaming the system has dramatically changed the structure web?
For example, are websites more miserly with outbound links now? I was reading a book and and the question came to mind; I assume this sort of analysis might take ten years of advances in computers and a read-only copy of the WayBack
dataset to answer, but maybe someone's figured out a clever technique?
Note that I'm not as interested in content or the existence of spammers as proof of feedback. Ideally, I'm looking for papers with a timeseries of before and after pagerank.