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Google’s 15th Birthday Brings Back Memories

Encyclopedias by morgueRemember the Internet before Google? I do. I’ll never forget my first Hotmail and AOL emails and learning to sell on eBay. More ancient than AOL and Hotmail are the old encyclopedias. My parents had a set of the giant dark red Britannica encyclopedias with tiny print. My eyes could see small print much better in those days. Many school class reports were made by the use of those giant books. But now we have Google and Wikipedia to make things easier to research and PageRank to tell us the importance of website pages.

PageRank was named after Larry Page, one of Google’s founders, and was developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The development was part of a search engine research project. The two then founded Google, Inc. Looking at the computation of algorithms, which is what PageRanks are, only reminds me of algebra and word sentences. I hated both in school. See, students, there really is a use for math in the real world. The use is to compute algorithms. Well, at least that’s one of the popular Internet reasons. I knew in school I’d never miss math once I graduated. Sure enough, I haven’t missed it one bit. But somebody’s gotta do the computations.

Any blogging newbies wondering what a PageRank means to your blog? Simply, it means if you have a PageRank of 1, you’re probably not going to get bombarded with email requests from bloggers offering guest posts. Once it hits 2 and 3, the guest post offers start popping up more. A blog with a PageRank of more than 3 has good traffic. That blogger knows something about SEO.

In spite of technical algorithms, search engines, and PageRanks, I still have a love for the old books. The new technology saves a lot of time, and I’m thankful for that. But a mix of the old and new is a good thing in my opinion.

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