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Google Unveils Meta Tag for ODP-Haters  (View post)

Pip [PersonRank 8]

Thursday, July 13, 2006
13 years ago3,883 views

even worse that google often uses the odp linktext instead of the <title> if google perceives the real title to be less relevent.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The ODP data seems to be used if the search terms all occur in the page heading (and therefore there is no need to display a snippet). A search for [google] shows lots of these:
google.com/search?q=google

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

>> even worse that google often uses the odp linktext instead of the <title> if google perceives the real title to be less relevent.

[put at-character here] Pip

Why's that a bad thing? If it is more relevant, and it gets the user to your website, who's complaining?

Splasho [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The trouble is people assume that what appears on Google is the content of the site, is the work of the site's creator. If DMOZ says "A really great site, the best site on the entire Internet about X", that would make you look prerrty arrogant.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The local version of this pre-eminent search engine, offering UK-specific pages as well as world results.

Gary [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

For the researchers out there this also, IMHO, illustrates the reduced role and importance of the ODP. However, directories, even general purpose ones, are of value.

Examples:
LII.org
lii.org

The New "Intute" from the UK
See:
resourceshelf.com/2006/07/14/u ...

Infomine
infomine.ucr.edu

IPL
ipl.org

All of these tools focus on quality of the underlying resource vs. overall size of the database.

Great non-commercial directories also exist for educators. Example:
"The Gateway"
This one not only is organized by educators (but of value to all) but also does an impressive job using faceted search technology from Sidrean. More about the tech and the site here:
resourceshelf.com/2006/07/14/d ...

Pip [PersonRank 8]

13 years ago #

huh... someone recognizing the PR export running?

A [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

MSN started it:

blogs.msdn.com/livesearch/arch ...

Elias KAI [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes, this incident happened since March 2006 and weired SERPS appeared.
Sometimes you had even the same site listed twice (one old version from DMOZ metas and one newer and actual Meta sites verion)
Thanks for clarifications.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Elias KAI said:

<< Yes, this incident happened since March 2006 ... >>

I think you meant March 2005...? I posted this then:

blogoscoped.com/forum/6874.htm ...

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