I was looking for something about analytics today so went to Google and did a search. The number one result was Google Analytics - not surprising given it is very popular and very discussed. But a closer look showed it had 3 listings for the site and one for the blog - a bit of a home field advantage.
So I looked a little deeper.
A search for catalog and catalogue and low and behold Google catalogs tops the list. A little curious - they cannot possibly be the best known online catalogs.
And on to email. We know Yahoo has the biggest email program and yet it comes in second behind them. Does Yahoo just not know how to optimize?
Interestingly, a search for videos places Google Video above YouTube which they also own and is one of the most popular sites on the web.
So is there a self-interest factor in their algorithm or have human hands been involved?
Hey they own it so have every right to present data any way they want - but a little transparency on this would be good.