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Old 05-27-2005   #1
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Google Toolbar PR Meter Gray Across The Web

There is no toolbar PR on any site at the moment - all datacentres are showing PR0. It might just be a "glitch" or a "fix" but there is already speculation on other forums and blogs that it might be the end of toolbar PR.

I hope it is so!
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Old 05-27-2005   #2
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Me Too

I'm seeing the same thing as well. It could just be a glitch, but wow, if they really have decided too nuke TBPR, that sure would shake things up
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same in Virginiia, since about 7pm.
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>end of toolbar PR.

The more I tnink about it- what an interesting shift if this is true. My first thought was, well, who needs it. Then I was thinking that it did serve a purpose, at least in seeing if a page was in the index or not. And for the folks that were true believers, it will be like the lights went out.
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Old 05-27-2005   #5
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Yes it is the same very where. Even I am now wondering if PR is gone :)
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If I had to place a bet, I'd say it will come back and that this is just a glitch.

If not, my money is on pagerank still being a significant factor in determining search results, just the token indicator for the general public gets turned off.
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Old 05-28-2005   #7
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No PR across the ocean. No PR in Spain.

Imagine a PR hacked....

Death to PR!

Surely will return again soon....
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No PR here neither. Customers will start calling. i mean the PR addicts
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No PR here neither. Customers will start calling. i mean the PR addicts

Must wait still I see Google says nothing

Someone think they could be changing PR for something similar? TrustRank?
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It is probably just a major update or something of that sort.
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It probably is a temporary glitch - but even if it was gone forever, I wouldn't personally care much. My dices gives more accurate results these day anyway
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My guess is a glitch, but I don't recall it this wide spread before. Usually only on 1 datacenter. I actually wish it was gone. It would make things very interesting.
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My guess is a glitch, but I don't recall it this wide spread before. Usually only on 1 datacenter. I actually wish it was gone. It would make things very interesting.
Me too!

I think Google will definitely benefit if they stop showing the PR in the toolbar.
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PR is here to stay

PR itself is still alive because - as far as i can tell, the SERPs are exactly the same as before... it would take a major philosophical shift on google's part to abandon PR. you take PR away from google, what are you left with? yahoo
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If you go to the Google directory through this link, you can see PR. At least for now. My guess is that the toolbar is just having a technical difficulty.

http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&q=...le-Suche&meta=

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Well I guess time will tell, but the fact that it has been 12 hours now without a fix is interesting. You would think that they would have something like this fixed in very short period of time.

Man, all the text link brokers must be shakin' in their boots!
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Man, all the text link brokers must be shakin' in their boots!
Wouldn't that be something. Buying text links based on traffic not page rank. Text link brokers would have a hard time justifying $75/Month for a sites with an Alexa ranking of 500,000. Although, people would probably manipulate the Alexa rankings to get more money
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If they don't roll it back it will be a big day for alexa.
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Wouldn't that be something. Buying text links based on traffic not page rank. Text link brokers would have a hard time justifying $75/Month for a sites with an Alexa ranking of 500,000. Although, people would probably manipulate the Alexa rankings to get more money
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Just posted a poll for anyone interested.
http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/...ead.php?t=5958

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wild speculation

its probably a failure but there's a chance that it's not. assuming the latter, if i were google, why would i shut down PR on the toolbars without warning? perhaps this is a test of some sort... to see how turning off the PR spigot affects websites and meta search engines that have come to rely on PR, or perhaps to see how the lack of PR on the TB affects browsing patterns.

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