Sooo, what's to stop someone from purposely trying to deflate rankings by feeding into these search results?
I'd say the crowd's reaction will prevent this. Like, it's much more difficult to get 10,000 people to "up vote" a page, in the USA.
I'm sure Google could look at the ip's and say 'Hmm thousands are "up-ing" this one page, from India, yet the page is in the USA, shown to mainly USA people'.
I see how this can work on a LARGE scale but..........I think this would effect the short tail more than the long tail. Long tail people tend to have a question, urge to buy, or w/e. I doubt they will waste their time on google to 'up' the answer. People are busy but I'm sure google will get significant amount of data from those that participate.
Plus, if I were Google, I'd void the first 2 weeks.
Cause everyone testing the widget.
Edited by Joshua Sciarrino, 21 November 2008 - 01:06 AM.