In December 2005, how often did Wikipedia come up as the first search engine result in a given search? Just about never in Google’s case, and 7% of the time in Yahoo’s case. Now, Wikipedia is the first search result 27% of the time on Google and 31% of the time on Yahoo. Rather astounding.
This is all revealed in a study which chalks this change up to “the increasing difficultly [search] engines have in calculating satisfactory ranking.” (Source: John Battelle’s Searchblog)
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