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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Grabbing PageRank

I asked how the PageRank tool previously mentioned works, and this answer in alt.internet.search-engines gives a clue:

“At least we know half the answer. If you want to get the PageRank of, say www.htmldog.com, you enter:

http://66.102.9.99/search?client=navclient-auto&googleip=O;66.102.9.99;671&c h=6140858434&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&features=Rank&q=info:http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehtmld og%2Ecom%2F

The result is “Rank_1:1:6” so the PageRank is 6.

The tricky part is “ch=6140858434”.
This is some kind of check sum, and only Google knows how it’s calculated.”
– Martin Hagstrxm, alt.internet.search-engines, 3/18/2004

Google Local Integrated Into Main Search

“Google Local integrates yellow pages-style information right into your search. Search for pizza 90210 or macaroni stanford, ca and up will pop a little compass with a couple results.”
– Aaron Swartz, Local Goes Live (Google Weblog), March 17, 2004

Nice, though it doesn’t work outside the US (which naturally makes this a meaningless feauture for large parts of the world).
Of interest to German users:

“Deutsche Benutzer bringen weder Google Local noch Yahoo Maps weiter – wenn sie sich nicht gerade auf USA-Reise befinden. Das machts aber nichts, gibt es doch bereits eine Reihe guter deutschsprachiger Suchdienste, die Ortsinformationen ber├╝cksichtigen. So ist die Ortsinformation das Haupt-Sortierkriterium bei meinestadt.de. Auch die guten alten gelben Seiten und der Konkurrent YellowMap ber├╝cksichtigen Ortsdaten.”
Der Wettstreit um die lokale Suche beginnt (Heise), 18.03.2004

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