Slug: dear-google-somebody-got-some-splainin-to-do Date: 2003-10-21 Title: Dear Google, somebody got some ‘splainin’ to do layout: post

[Correction 10/20/03 2:21 MST] Ok, Dave sent me an email pointing out that that page on Google is © Google, and it points out that the page has been modified by Google from the ODP listing.

Sure enough, Radio is listed on the ODP page. Well hmmm!

Brian Carnell (alerted by Seth) points out that Google may be using PageRank to further filter the ODP listing, but that doesn't really explain Radio's absence in Google's listing, since Radio Userland has a substantial PageRank itself (#5 in a Google search for "Radio").

My apologies to Dave.

[Update 10/20/03 10:47 MST] If Dave took half a sec to look at the bottom of this page, he'd see that Google's directory is built directly on top of the Open Directory Project, where he could probably even become an editor of the section he's grousing about if he tried.

Just because the ODP is not built to Dave's specs doesn't mean it's neither decentralized nor open.