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In another example, this time one that happens to work for me, I am also an amateur mathematician. I have a prime number theory published at: http://members.rogers.com/mwiner/primes.htm . I decided to try and list it in DMOZ, Google's open directory. Much to my suprise, one day I typed "prime twin proof" into Google and my site showed up as #1 result! I'm an amature mathematician and I was flattered, but I quickly realized that what had happened was DMOZ is copied by every content provider under sun in one form or another. Thus it seemed to Google as though thousands of pages were pointing to my page, indeed they were, however, they were all clones of one another.
Despite all that I've said, I like Google. The alternatives are pure rober-barons. I just hope that they address their technical and semantic issues such that we maintain an impartial 'world superpower' search engine.
My suggestion to Google? In Google toolbar, allow HUMANS to rank webpages by relevancy, content, etc. DMOZ (Google's open directory, already human edited) is a good first start, but editors seem over burdened and unmotivated to add new sites quickly (rankyouragent.com is yet to be listed after several months). Adding rating capabilities to Google toolbar, would add a vast pool of human editors to Google engine. Provided Google makes interface quick and simple to provide ratings, people will be willing and able to help.
Martin Winer is an entrepreneur who owns www.rankyouragent.com and would like to see fixes made to Google to help it improve it's already great status.