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Kyle

It only popped down to #1 according to my search. Still there, just not in the top 10.

evilcat

Huh. When I search "dean" it's at the bottom of the first page (as of 9:42 p.m)

Aunt Joan


Welcome DEAN..
I don"t know if this will go thru, I've never"blogged" before,
and don"t know what URL is.
Love to you all.

Tadeusz Szewczyk

I still see your Dean on #18.
Note that Google has lots (hundreds) of data centers world wide and sometimes they are not perfectly synchronized. That means that you will appear in some and in others not or on a different position.

Besides: Do not confuse PageRank and ranking in the results. PageRank is a number, 0 - 10 that assesses your authority in Google, kind of a thermometer of web site authority, whereas ranking is the actual position in the search results. So your post has shows still a 0 (zero) PageRank but ranks (as in ranking) among the top 20 for dean.

PS.: Congrats to your new family member. Nonetheless look out for all the lunatics out there. Writing about your baby with your real name means that everybody knows where you and your child lives.

Ellyn

This doesn't have anything to do with your post but I couldn't find an area for general comments... I'm 17 and I saw a clip of you on the Daily Show about 2 months ago when I was surfing the web. Ever since I've been glancing at shelves to find you book How Everything Bad Is Good For You. Well last week I finally found it and I got it!

I feel proud of myself because it's the first book I've ever owned that wasn't a story-type. Reading your book makes me feel like I'm maturing. I've really enjoyed it so far and I even liked one part so much that I read it to my family and friends!

Andre

First of all, congratulations for your third son!!!

I'm from Portugal and recently bought your latest book. Beeing a fan of television, computer games and the new technologies, for years i defended the theory that those are equal and different ways of making "the mind" work.

I enjoyed very much the book and i'm going to contribute a little bit more by buying "Mind wide open". After all, you have another child to support.

Continuation of great work!!!

Keith Cash

Congrats on new son.

I ran a search in gooole and I am still finding him near the top

Brad@NewGate

well it seems like its still hanging in there (i see it now at #11) but here's a thought from an old-time search guy: if most links are coming from blogs, wouldn't it seem to make sense that they should be "time sensitive"? especially if they all appear in a short period of time. google may be inclined to treat the page as a news event rather than a long-term page...and they'd be right if links began to tail off over the coming days. they may also punish the listing if the vast majority of links come from blogs... this is not necessarily a unique situation, and certainly something they have algorithms to address -- think blog spam.

one thing that may help the rank persist after the original reported drop could be follow-up blogs (like battelle's) picking up the "why did the listing drop" question... will be interesting to see if the listing continues to stick around, or if we see it tail off in the coming days...

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  • Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    A history of innovation accompanied by a 6-part TV series on PBS and the BBC, this was the first of my books to crack the top 5 on the NY Times bestseller list. Appropriately for a book that celebrates diverse networks, this was the most collaborative of any of my books. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

    Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
    My first book-length attempt to organize my writings about emergence and networks into something resembling a political philosophy, which I called Peer Progressivism. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
    An exploration of environments that lead to breakthrough innovation, in science, technology, business, and the arts. I conceived it as the closing book in a trilogy on innovative thinking, after Ghost Map and Invention. But in a way, it completes an investigation that runs through all the books, and laid the groundwork for How We Got To Now. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    The story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world. An idea book wrapped around a page-turner. I like to think of it as a sequel to Emergence if Emergence had been a disease thriller. You can see a trailer for the book here. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

    Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
    The title says it all. This one sparked a slightly insane international conversation about the state of pop culture -- and particularly games. There were more than a few dissenters, but the response was more positive than I had expected. And it got me on The Daily Show, which made it all worthwhile. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Mind Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Mind Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
    My first best-seller, and the only book I've written in which I appear as a recurring character, subjecting myself to a battery of humiliating brain scans. The last chapter on Freud and the neuroscientific model of the mind is one of my personal favorites. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

    Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
    The story of bottom-up intelligence, from slime mold to Slashdot. Most of my books sold more copies than this one, but Emergence has influenced the most eclectic mix of fields: political campaigns, web business models, urban planning, the war on terror. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate

    Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
    My first. The book I wrote instead of finishing my dissertation, predicting the growing cultural significance of interface and information design. Still relevant, I think. But I haven't read it in a while, so who knows what's in there! (Available from IndieBound here.)

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