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Eric Rumsey writes "The idea of community is closely related to the idea of connections and Google excels as a connection-making and community-finding agent, using PageRank to see the pattern of how peoples' pages connect to each other ... One of Google's great strengths that makes it such a good identifier of communities is that it recognizes the close connection between net community and directory sites ... Google ranks directory sites prominently, taking advantage of the community-building activity of directory makers. "
Interesting story on how google is good at identifying Web communities.
"A quote from Craig Silverstein, Google's Chief Technology Officer ties things together – In discussing how to get good placement for a site in Google searches, Silverstein's advice to anyone doing page development is to work through "the community around which you're trying to build your page."