What Has Google Wrought?
Can you spot the difference? I superimposed 1 screen capture over another, grabbed in 2 different days in the same month, this September. (No, there is nothing wrong with "Works at where he finds a PC. Attends University of Reading, Thinking … Lives in Manila, Philippines." Both entries are correct.)
On Monday, 15 September 2014, the count of my Google+ views was 1,068,474 (left image). On Sunday, 29 September 2014, the count became only 709,466, decreasing the count by 359,000! Google, what did I do to deserve this?
What should be Addition becomes Subtraction. Google, you are defying the law of gravity – there is gravity in what you did. You are defying the law of mathematics, where instead of adding, you are subtracting the additional.
Now then, if Google can fail dramatically in a simple arithmetic task, what can happen with Google PageRank? Can it over-count – or, as in this case, under-count, the results?
As a matter of fact, we all know that PageRank over-counts the occurrences of keywords – because people over-types those keywords in their articles in what they call "search engine optimization" (SEO), a beautiful term for an ugly practice. Wikipedia says SEO began in the mid-1990s; why did it take 10 years for Google to thwart the attempts of SEO geniuses to take advantage of PageRank?
So I suppose it will take a year before Google will do something about its bad count in Google+ visits. Unless, of course, Google is targeting me?