The difference between Google and Bing in this case is consistent with something I’ve noticed lately, which is that Google seems to be forgetting a lot of old stuff. Maybe it’s because the company is deprecating http in deference to https.
Source: Doc Searls: Google vs. Bing.
Okay there are a lot of “IF’s” in here. IF this is really about depreciating http sites and IF this is permanent. But…
- It directly effects the Indieweb. One thing that running Indieseek has shown me is a lot of legacy Web 1.0 sites are still http and will likely never change. Second: a lot of active blogs and other busy, creative Indieweb websites are still http.
- This makes it even harder for Indieweb sites to get traffic from Google.
- Google is once again warping the web for their own purposes.
- It shows that Google isn’t about quality, it’s about newness and popularity.
- It shows the need for decentralized search.
I think this validates what we’re doing here at Indieseek. So remember, in case some mook at your favorite search engine flips a switch and shitcans all the Indieweb sites we’re here for you, we got your back.
When one search engine controls 90% of search change can happen that quick. This may be a temporary blip, but the lesson holds: make sure you are listed in more than just one search engine.
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