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paul wheaton
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I just read some interesting stuff and got to thinking.  If folks that favor permaculture make a couple of slight modifications to their on-line habits, then it could have a rather large impact in what the rest of the world sees as they use youtube and google.  In other words, if you want to get more of the permaculture message to the greater general public, you can make a rather large difference. 

Google's algorithms now consider what people click on when searching.  So rather than searching for "organic foo bar", search for "foo bar" and select the organic options.  Apparently, if this happens from just a few dozen people, the organic options will start to move to the top of the search.  When non permies then search for "foo bar", they see the organic options at the top as "best". 

If a youtube video does really well in the first 24 hours (views + ratings + comments), then it gets to go up on the big stages at youtube for the following 24 hours where it is presented to millions (billions?) as the hot stuff of the day.  Create an account on youtube and subscribe to the permaculture uploaders that you like.  Then when a new video is uploaded, try to watch it right after it is uploaded and immediately rate it and comment on it - preferably with something interactive ("how does the foo get the bar?"

The permaculture world is damn cool.  The muggles (as Doug Bullock calls them) just don't know it .... yet. 

 
                    
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great idea!  I'll try to modify my online behavior accordingly. 
 
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