• http://twitter.com/georgebounacos George Bounacos

    I’m actually impressed they’re continuing to test this. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t answer 1 or 2 of those every day. That’s a lot of data points, especially for logged in users whose responses they can calibrate against a gajillion other data points.

  • Brandon Lobo

    Well, if they do happen to rank sites based on this data it would be really good for sites that actually offer people useful content…

  • Maurice Walshe

    I would imagine they are trying to validate there in house testers with a real world sample

  • http://www.v2interactive.net/ Josh

    I’m going to hire an army of interns to simply tell Google what my competition does not want to hear.

  • daveintheuk

    I’d love to see them ask users if they actually do want Google’s content. “Did you find the big box about easily-scraped simple facts Abraham Lincon useful?”. “Are you glad that we put a blank Google+ Local listing in a huge prominent box on the right and into the listings both under the place’s own page, and with its own Google+ Local entry?”. etc….

  • Matt McGee

    Yes, I’d agree that that’s part of what they’re doing.

  • mikereginatorn

    If this goes worldwide what is stopping people to do just what Josh said?

  • http://www.facebook.com/medic.tourism Medic Tourism

    It means that Google still cant recognize quality content.. there is too much spam i guess for those raters..

  • Durant Imboden

    Wouldn’t it be expensive to have an army of paid interns doing thousands of searches on “red widgets” or “blue whatsits” in the hope of triggering an occasional Google survey box?

  • Flemming Kaasgaard

    Just for the sake of argument, let’s put Googles reach at around 1 billion users, which should be a fair assumption in light of available data. If you wan’t to make up just a tiny fraction of that user base, you still need thousands of interns. Of course, they could make many more queries than the average Joe, but that is assuming no flagging method.
    This method of direct user feedback coupled with a bit of filter for automation/unnatural behavior could be a very strong signal, as long as users are not annoyed by it.

  • http://www.v2interactive.net/ Josh

    It was a cute joke. There’s no reality behind it. Just a point that it will enable a system (such as automated bots) that /could/ manipulate the system.

  • http://www.e-wali.com/ Ahmad Wali

    This doesn’t show up to everyone. Only random people or certain locations!