A response to a HitTail blog post by Mike Levin:
You make a good point when you say that although Google now controls the distribution of information, it does so in a way that the results aren’t similar to “finite space” on a shelf store. The results returned and their number is in proportion to the number of potential searches and unique searchers out there. Obviously there are many people typing the same thing daily. These high frequency search terms are tough to get recognition for. But the distribution is skewed.
Mike, here’s a thought, why not run some analysis…estimate the sort of distribution/frequency curve that we’d see if we measured searches on the web. Of course the short tail would be tall and fat, but the tails would be very very long. This would be a great illustration for those who see “the long tail” as some techie gibberish.