As I searched for an infographic to highlight, a thought came to me. It seems like the most ubiquitous and unexpected infographic is something we each look at several times a day. It’s Google’s search results.
For any one term or topic searched, Google offers a data visualization of all the information on the web about that topic. This visualization shows the most relevant web pages on the web, about me, according to Google’s search algorithms. These equations are super-secret, and lead to the big downside of this visualization of the web — it lacks context. Here, my personal website doesn’t show up until the seventh or eighth hit on the search engine, even though I consider it the best and most current source about me. So, its hard to tell why Google thinks that page isn’t as important. There are some clues though, according to this article on How Stuff Works.