Oh sweet irony. Brian Souter, who funded a campaign against the repeal of Clause 28, itself a controversial restraint on freedom of speech, is now claiming that big bad Google is “censoring free speech” because his personal website doesn’t show up high enough in their search rankings.
Freedom of speech isn’t the only thing he doesn’t quite have a solid grasp of
It’s not Google’s place to decide which sites we can see and those we can’t. It amounts to search engine censorship and it does not afford what Google says it is striving to create – a good user experience.
Erm, yes, Brian, that is exactly what Google’s place is, that is their function. To decide, by one means or another, which sites we can see when we type things in their search engine. Tempting as it seems to be to many people to regard Google as some kind of public utility, it really isn’t. And wishing doesn’t make it so.
Rubbing salt into the wound, the SEO geeks over at the comments on The Register’s coverage reckon it doesn’t show up because it fails many of Google’s quality metrics. Or in non technical terms, because it’s shit.