19 November 2002

Fear my pagerank

My web site has been around since the days of HTML 1.0. It’s been at the same URL for nearly a decade, and is linked to by thousands of copies of FAQ documents. Because of this journal and the photos page, it’s also updated regularly. As a result, and thanks to Google’s pageranking algorithm, I’m the first thing you get if you Google search for “mathew”.

I’ve noticed that this means that anything moderately obscure I mention in my journal will soon end up near the top of the Google search results for the appropriate keywords. For instance, a while back I used the phrase “quad erat demonstrandum”, and now if you do a Google search for that…

Since I hyperlink with descriptive links, Google also ends up ranking the destination pages of stuff I link to more highly when people search for the keywords I use in the link. (See: Google Bombing.) Which is a pretty awesome responsibility, or a great opportunity for pranking, depending on how you want to look at it.

So if I mention pedophiles and child molesters and link both phrases to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and if a bunch of other people with widely-linked frequently-updated web sites do the same, I reckon pretty soon a Google search for a word like pederasts will bring up Cardinal Law’s official home page as the first hit. I think that would be a really cool piece of political pranking; a vox populi from the world of weblogs, as it were.

While you’re at it, raising the ranking of pages about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

And for maximum amusement, spread these memes anonymously…

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