Feb 6 2006
08:14 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Google has removed BMW’s German web pages from its search engine for allegedly manipulating the parameters that affect the ranking of a search.  This reminded me of an e-mail I read a few weeks ago.  Try searching for the word “failure” and see what bubbles up to the top of the Google results page.

Now, who at the White House would cause such a result?  Obviously the culprit is a leftover from the Clinton Administration.  At last I can agree with the White House about something.

BrockPlasma's picture

Just couldn't resist

This is not about whether you like him or not, but to keep up with the theme here's what I came up with on Google. First the word and then the ranking.

Incompetent - #1

Idiot - #2

Stupid - #3

Rove's whipping boy - #1

W - #1 (Go figure)

Oh I tried several other words, some even less flattering that didn't return a hit, so I guess he doesn't have a mandate on Google either. Or it could be that he spent it all on the "W".


SayUncle's picture

When I google 'failure', it

When I google 'failure', it goes to  Maybe you'd want to verify the jokes first.  Unless you're implying that the WH is google bombing moore.

--- SayUncle Can't we all just get a long gun?

SayUncle's picture

 Heh.  Kinda funny, today

 Heh.  Kinda funny, today W's bio is the top search.  Must be dueling google bombs out there.

--- SayUncle Can't we all just get a long gun?

redmondkr's picture

To SayUncle

Michael Moore has been number three every time I've tried the search.  Jimmy Carter's position has been disturbing, though. 


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Johnny Ringo's picture

Cute trick

From Google, explaining why Bush's Bio appears when searching on failure:

Googlebombing 'failure'
9/16/2005 12:54:00 PM

Posted by Marissa Mayer, Director of Consumer Web Products

If you do a Google search on the word [failure] or the phrase [miserable failure], the top result is currently the White House’s official biographical page for President Bush. We've received some complaints recently from users who assume that this reflects a political bias on our part. I'd like to explain how these results come up in order to allay these concerns.

Google's search results are generated by computer programs that rank web pages in large part by examining the number and relative popularity of the sites that link to them. By using a practice called googlebombing, however, determined pranksters can occasionally produce odd results. In this case, a number of webmasters use the phrases [failure] and [miserable failure] to describe and link to President Bush's website, thus pushing it to the top of searches for those phrases. We don't condone the practice of googlebombing, or any other action that seeks to affect the integrity of our search results, but we're also reluctant to alter our results by hand in order to prevent such items from showing up. Pranks like this may be distracting to some, but they don't affect the overall quality of our search service, whose objectivity, as always, remains the core of our mission.

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