A Random Walk to The Tragically Hip

Paul blogged about our excursion to see The Tragically Hip a couple of weeks ago. Last night he sent me an email pointing out that a search for The Tragically Hip on google.ca (that's the Canadian Google site) returns that blog entry as the eighth hit!

For the non-Canadians among you, TTH is one of the most popular bands in Canada. Despite the fact that Paul and I saw them in an 800 person venue in Boston, you can't see them in anything smaller than an NHL arena (think thousands and thousands of people) in Canada. I remember seeing the people stream out of a show at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1997 and it took an hour for CarltonStreet to clear. There must be literally thousands of fan pages in the 1.19 million hits that Google returns for TTH, but Paul's blog entry comes out ahead of pretty much all of them.  Heck, it comes out ahead of a live concert on NPR and the Rolling Stone page for TTH.

I had heard that the importance of PageRank was decreasing in Google's search algorithm, but this example would certainly seem to put the lie to that notion. Paul's is a very well linked and authoritative blog, and that apparently still means a lot to Google's engine.  Fortunately, I think Paul's taken the lesson of Spider-Man to heart and he knows that with great (linking) power comes great (linking) responsibility!
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