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Monday, September 19, 2005

Bush Miserable Failure: Google Bombing Or Popular Opinion?

Go to Google and do a search for "miserable failure" and see what do you get as an answer.


If you can't see the above image, here is what the Google results say:

Web Results 1 - 10 of about 2,860,000 for miserable failure. (0.17 seconds)
Biography of President George W. Bush
Biography of the president from the official White House web site. - 33k



"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."
(Source: Google Blog)

More info about GoogleBombing.

BBC original story.

Marissa Mayer/Google Blog - BBC -
Reference: BBC [ Read more ]
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posted by Robin Good on Monday, September 19 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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