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Google and Wikipedia seem to be having a lovers spat

Google seems to be devaluing Wikipedia. I hope Google is finally turning down the knobs on Wikipedia. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo that he announced back in December.

There were just too many terms where Wikipedia would beat out sites that should be number one just because Google thinks it is the authority on everything. Wikipedia still ranks for a lot of terms but I think Google is finally taking away their cart blanche on ranking. This could be one of Google’s hiccups where they went back to some old algo or to some backup algo or some test. I hope it is not. Wikipedia should rank for some terms when people have linked to it but there is no reason for them to rank for terms when that page has no back links at all and is beating out sites that have all the right stuff to rank higher.

I only have one example and I would rather not disclose it and everybody I asked said they have seen the same thing but did not disclose their terms either. Let me know if you have any good examples I could use. From what I can tell Wikipedia has lost ground on pages that have no back links at all.

The results I’m getting are from some secret Google data center that I can’t access via ip. I can only get it from www.google.com. I wonder if it is some test server. I hope it is something that will go live.

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  • Search The Web 2.0 January 16, 2007, 9:38 pm

    David,
    Have you read a story about WikiSeek for Wikiapedia search and “long tail search engines” on TechCrush?

  • Lazer February 17, 2007, 6:32 pm

    When I search on google I always enter “Wikipedia” as a search term
    keyword because I want to have a reliable result. You get used to it,
    you never get rid of it. I have now set Wikipedia as auto-completion!