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Google toying with Digg-like functionality

Google has recently introduced Digg like buttons and functionality in its Google Experimental Labs.

The experiment allows (opens in new tab) the user to have direct interaction with the results, something that comes straight from Digg's book.

Users can add, move and remove search results which can be made persistent, although Google gives you the opportunity to undo any modifications made previously - provided that you signed in your Google account.

Google adds "like it" and "don't like it" buttons to your search results as well as the possibility of adding your own links.

Google already shows which pages you have previously visited by default and adding promote/demote functions is widely seen as the next step, to complement Google's Pagerank algorithm.

Adding human input will hopefully allow Google to weed out parasitic websites which often pollute results.

There are fears though as to whether hackers and criminals could use this feature to trick Google itself.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.