Muschamp Rd

Finding less popular content online

October 14th, 2005
Bottom 95% of the Web logo

Using the power of RSS, I’m able to keep on top of a few things, despite my problems, and despite living behind the Great Firewall of China. One thing I try to keep an eye on is the battle over searching the internet waged by titans: Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft. They are also involved in the war over instant messaging funnily enough, with AOL thrown in for good measure. But what is going on in the Ghetto? Muschamp.ca is proudly well off the thoroughfare that is the information super highway. Although not quite living under an overpass, my site has largely flown under the radar for ten years.

Danna thinks I should do more to promote it, but I’m not like everyone else. I… …digress.

Apparently there are some people who are fed up with search results being dominated by a few big commercial sites and they’ve decided to do something about it. Ghetosearch and Tailrank are two such attempts. This scoop courtesy of Marketingshift.com and Jason Dowdell. There was a similar though less sophisticated attempt to recognize less popular sites that I took part in, it was called Bottom 95% of the Web. This was juxtaposed to the Top 5% of the web that was ranked by Point (not Alexa), though the memory is hazy. This was before Altavista and way before Google was on the scene. That was silly attempt whereas Ghetosearch and Tailrank seem to be more serious.

I’ll just take a wait and see approach, but I did try to sign up for Tailrank’s beta program and I’m giving them at least three referrals worth of PR.


  • My suspicions were correct. I would make a good beta tester for Tailrank. Why are my suspicions always correct? Why am I able to predict the future especially when bad things are about to happen to me? Why do things always turn out so poorly? Everyone says I’m a nice guy BUT… There is always a ‘but’.

    As I told Cheryl Iseli and Jun Bao and the rest of my ‘breakout’ group at the Net Impact/Not for profit wine and cheese thing, all I wanted out of the future was to be happy.

    Just to be happy.

    Jun and Cheryl beleived me, why don’t other people? Now I don’t think I’ll ever be happy again.

  • My suspicions were correct. I would make a good beta tester for Tailrank. Why are my suspicions always correct? Why am I able to predict the future especially when bad things are about to happen to me? Why do things always turn out so poorly? Everyone says I’m a nice guy BUT… There is always a ‘but’.

    As I told Cheryl Iseli and Jun Bao and the rest of my ‘breakout’ group at the Net Impact/Not for profit wine and cheese thing, all I wanted out of the future was to be happy.

    Just to be happy.

    Jun and Cheryl beleived me, why don’t other people? Now I don’t think I’ll ever be happy again.

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