Friday, May 18, 2012

The Google Measurement Of Rabbinic Influence

I was just about to search for a shiur by a certain rabbi, when Google Autocompleted the following list:

It took me a moment to realise that what I was seeing was a fantastic measurement of their relative importance! Since Google is now a measurment of our lives, this list at the very least, shows what people are searching for.  I was surprised that Herbert Samuel made the #1 spot, but the rest of the list was somewhat illuminating. My only surprise was Harav Motzepi, who really isn't known outside the Haredi circle.

I did the same experiment in English but it didn't seem to work  - only Boteach came up as a rabbi.

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