by mk 504 days ago · link · parent · post: Google downgrades Chrome ranking after paid-link monkey business
It's a very big blunder. Now people will always have a clear example of Google skewing results. Google Search is a cornerstone. They really can't afford to jeopardize its credibility.
I do not think social is the key to search. It's not useless, but it's way too overrated IMHO.