[permaculture] saving the world via google and youtube

paul wheaton paul at richsoil.com
Thu Mar 11 14:10:27 EST 2010

Every few months, I feel it is my duty as a permaculture community
steward to try to wrap my head around the geeky side.

And once again, a thought pops into my head about how all permaculture
stuff could be nudged forward into the vision of the greater internet

I have two more things to offer.  Both of these have to do with an
add-on for your browser.

1)  http://www.alexa.com/toolbar - every site you visit gets a vote
from you to alexa.  And while the final numbers are poor because they
are easily influenced by things like ....  a whole lot of permies
visiting lots of permies sites ...  the numbers are starting to have a
powerful and significant value to search engines and the like.

2) http://www.stumbleupon.com - One of my articles had 700 extra
viewers in one day from these guys.  So yesterday I installed it and
played with it.  I find it really fun.   But!  To business:  this
really popular tool appears to be under-aware of permaculture stuff.
Wouldn't it be great if non-permies became aware of more permie sites?
 Put in the toolbar and give a thumbs up for your favorite
permaculture pages.  Oh, and a tip:  feed in only the very best stuff.

Just some tiny things each person can do to make the world a better place.

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Lawrence F. London, Jr.
<venaurafarm at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> paul wheaton wrote:
>> I just read some interesting stuff and got to thinking.  If folks that
>> favor permaculture make a couple of slight modifications to their
>> on-line habits, then it could have a rather large impact in what the
>> rest of the world sees as they use youtube and google.  In other
>> words, if you want to get more of the permaculture message to the
>> greater general public, you can make a rather large difference.
>> Google's algorithms now consider what people click on when searching.
>> So rather than searching for "organic foo bar", search for "foo bar"
>> and select the organic options.  Apparently, if this happens from just
>> a few dozen people, the organic options will start to move to the top
>> of the search.  When non permies then search for "foo bar", they see
>> the organic options at the top as "best".
> Thanks for this, Paul, fascinating and useful! This is how we can make
> an even greater difference.
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