A Call for a New Pageranking System
I was originally going to entitle this post “Are Social Networking Sites Hijacking Our Blogs?”
I started writing it because I’ve been noticing that I’m getting a disproportionate number of bloggers adding me as their friend on Social Networking sites, as compared to my newsfeed subscriptions increasing.I’m also receiving more comments and messages in my SN accounts than I’m getting on my real blog. The discussion it seems is shifting over to the Social Networking groups like this one over at BlogCatalogue.
Apparently they are reading content over there instead of here. Hmm. Obviously there’s a trend going on here so brandishing the number of our newsfeed suscribers or our Alexa traffic stats as a measurement of a blog’s popularity is quickly becoming old school.
This is even more true now in consideration of what I said yesterday, and the fact that too many bloggers continue to abuse links as currency instead of being meted out ethically.
1. So does that mean we need a brand new method of pagerank measurement that will take all this into consideration. Are there any takers?
2. Does it also spell the death nell of our primary blogs? I sincerely hope not.
3. Or maybe we should just scrap pageranking — period!
4. OR, (God forbid) just as the government had to take Microsoft to task for abuse of its monopoly, maybe (perhaps) the internet requires a similar approach? Is it too much responsibility for just one organization like Google to police itself and do no evil?