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Google to implement "Pointer Activity" in rankings?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hypnza, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. hypnza

    hypnza Newbie

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    This could make things interesting:

    Source: engadget-com/2010/07/16/google-pointer-activity-monitoring-could-influence-search-engine/

    (sorry, wasn't sure where would be the best place to post this - feel free to move it)
     
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  2. businessbira

    businessbira Power Member

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    Now they will track your mouse. Your eyes will be next...
     
  3. chockomonkey

    chockomonkey Regular Member

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    good share. i never get around to reading engadget, they post so much.
     
  4. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    so... have a spare computer running a bot that just repeatedly hovers the cursor over your search result using different proxies every 2 minutes.
    ;)
     
  5. Sharksfan

    Sharksfan Registered Member

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    I wonder how they take the mouse scroll wheel into account?

    It's what a lot of people use to scroll down the page - the location of the pointer at that time doesn't matter.
     
  6. theguy2

    theguy2 Regular Member

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    Wow, the big is taking a bit too far, seems like nothing should be hidded from them and they wanna monitor everything we do in the name of making the search engine more efficient
     
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    chockomonkey Regular Member

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    The more you think about this, the more the data seems like it would be unreliable...

    Sure people will hover their mouse over content they're reading, maybe even following along sometimes... but since you posted this i've been watching my pointer, and really---it's typically not even sitting anywhere related to what i'm looking at or what i'm doing.... more unreliable data--YAY!
     
  8. hypnza

    hypnza Newbie

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    My pointer tends to live in the middle of my screen, or in the padding/margin next to the text I'm reading (so it's not in the way).

    I don't think they're as concerned with where your mouse is hovering as much as what you're clicking on (ie: heatmaps) or possibly more importantly... what you're thinking about clicking on - this should help them determine if people "make a move" for their ads, or head straight for the 2nd result of a search, etc. Would be interesting to see how this plays out.
     
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    chockomonkey Regular Member

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    Hooolly fuck i've never seen so much information being tracked!!
     
  10. Talsin

    Talsin Regular Member

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    Chrome is frikken evil Im telling you.

    This is more about software application development and bot detection than it is about SEO. The patent is 5 years old already.
     
  11. str8thustler

    str8thustler Power Member

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    What percentage of our SEO efforts do you really think this accounts for? I'm guessing 1% to 2% maybe.
     
  12. Talsin

    Talsin Regular Member

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    Im telling you its not about SEO its about being able to tell if a user is a human or not.