Some years ago, when I worked in public relations in the corporate world, we hired a new employee in our department (the Public Relations Department, or PR for short). On her first day on the job, my boss, the department head, happened to see her as she drove into the parking lot — her car was sporting a bumper sticker that read, “I love PR.”
Standing around the coffee machine that morning, my boss was making a big deal out of it, joking about what an enthusiastic employee this new person was. It wasn’t until later that she had the heart to explain to him that she was a native of Puerto Rico and her bumper sticker was proudly proclaiming her national heritage, not her pride in her new job.
The webmaster forums are abuzz today with word that Google is doing one of its occasional ToolBar PageRank exports/updates. There is much discussion of the difference between ToolBar PageRank (TBPR) and Google’s real, or internal, PageRank.
I constantly experience a major disconnect between the technology- and internet-oriented people I encounter on the various webmaster forums, and the people I associate with in real life, who for the most part haven’t a clue what Google’s PR means, much less the difference between TBPR and real PR.