Who is Ryan Aguillard?!

Try searching on Google for facebook.
The results are all as they should be – with the right sites at the very top.
All is well. Until you look closely.

Check the sub-links within the first result. What is that link below Login doing there?!

Ryan Aguillard.
It links to the  facebook internationalization page( http://www.facebook.com/index.php/Internationalization ) which redirects to my home page.

What is that doing there, Google?

Who is Ryan Aguillard?

A quick Google & facebook search yields no results. All the links are generic. The only links which seem promising are a forum post – with no replies by the way – asking the same question. Also, a link to a Huffington Post profile which looks unused.

Update 1:

Recently (Aug 20, 2010), Google announced that they will be showing increased number of results from each domain, if the search is focused enough on a single domain.

They said, “Today we’ve launched a change to our ranking algorithm that will make it much easier for users to find a large number of results from a single site. For queries that indicate a strong user interest in a particular domain, we’ll now show more results from the relevant site. We’re always reassessing our ranking and user interface, making hundreds of changes each year. We expect today’s improvement will help users find deeper results from a single site, while still providing diversity on the results page.”

The aberration that is Ryan Aguillard is probably a result of this new algorithm doing something stupid.

Update 2:

I received a huge spike in traffic yesterday on Aug 31st 2010.
It also seems the problem has been set straight on Sept 1st 2010.
I guess thats the end of that.

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2 thoughts on “Who is Ryan Aguillard?!

    • I’m, of course, not 100% sure. I think its very likely. It was around Aug 25-26 that the 1st talk of this name started. It seems too weird a thing to happen with the standard old algorithm (and go unnoticed till recently). Any better guesses? 🙂

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