It seems like everyone in the twitterverse, the blogosphere, and tumblrdom is getting fed up with so-called content farms--those mostly-useless text generators that turn out articles based on the terms people most commonly search for. Now the Googleplex is getting involved, creating an extension that allows Chrome users to tag and block certain sites that come up in their Google searches.
The extension, called Personal Blocklist, lets users bar sites they deem to be worthless or untrustworthy from future search results using an extra button embedded in each search result. Anytime Personal Blocklist scrubs results from a page of search results it notes their removal at the bottom of the page and gives you the option to unblock them.
That doesn't just empower users to customize their search criteria--it also provides Google with a strong indicator of what sites its users would like to see pushed down in their search results, helping Google refine its own search parameters. The extension won't kill the content farm, but with a little help from users (like you!) it should help push them down so more relevant cream can rise to the top.
Anyone know a similar addon for Firefox?
I can't understand any reason that this has to be integrated into the browser except to make it a marketable feature. Unless I'm misunderstanding something, that's terribly bad form for a browser that's based on an open-source project, whose primary competition is another open-source project, for a feature that becomes more useful proportionally to how broadly it's adopted.
I agree with your sentiment, I guess this is Google's way of giving Chrome an extra edge over other browsers which is fair enough! Congrats anyway to Google for coming up with the idea, I often see the same sites appearing in my SERPS and have wished a way would become available to block them from my SERPS.
In Google's defense, it might be that this customised SERPS have to work at the application level (Chrome) rather than working cross-browser because the latter would need to rely on cookies, which are not a resilient way of saving your preferences. The only way to make your Google search settings resilient across browser platforms would be to offer this as an additional service to Google account holders, which I expect they might do in the near future as they keep adding free services all the time.
Before we start spitting our hate words lets.keep.in mind this is a new feature and honestly its a good idea to keep it on a browser made by the company to work out any kinks before.moving to any other platform kind of like maybe a beta? All you haters out ready to scream at the first chance i swear.
finally! a way for users to tell google what results are useful, and which sites they dont want in their results!!
must keep companies from blocking good sites
I guess the fact that its browser based helps to avoid the possibility of a crown-based attack on a particular content provider. Frankly, I don't want 1 zillion angry hackers getting the NY Times down-ranked as a "content farm".
Meanwhile, Google can still learn about telling the difference between genuine content and farmed content.
This seems to be a tad hackable. Just as the recent "Na pohybel janas" google hack can boost obscure searches, this will be used to lower legitimate ones.