‘Failure’ Has Been Googlebombed……but who is the real failure?

If you search the term ‘failure’ on Google, at the top of the organic listings is the white house’s official biography of George W. Bush and second is Micheal Moore’s web site. Clearly, there has been a manipulation of the system here…..it’s called Googlebombing. This bias in results occurs when a number of webmasters use the phrases such as [failure] and [miserable failure] to describe and link to the targeted website, in this case President Bush’s website, thus pushing it to the top of searches for those phrases.

What is also interesting about these search results is that there is one paid search listing showing:

Why these results?
These results may seem politically
slanted. Here’s what happened.
www.google.com/googleblog

This ad points to the Google blog explaining what Googlebombing is and declares that Google does not condone it. Well, then remove the listings! Simple right? No, Google is

“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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So, when you search ‘failure’ into Google, who is the real failure? According to Micheal Moore, it’s George W. Bush, according to Google its…..Google? If Googlebombing ‘pranksters’ began to target Google on the term ‘failure’ would their stance remain the same?

failure – Google Search

9 comments

  1. David Temple October 21, 2005 at 5:05 pm

    You said it and may I add another huge failure of Google to your rant. I mean come on Google, get real and get rid of those “empty directories” you list in your SERPS. They’re full of nothing but text links to nowhere and oh yeah, lotsa Google ads. Wow thanks for letting me rant. Don’t get me started. dt

  2. Anonymous November 4, 2005 at 3:08 pm

    I think it’s funny and it’s true. At least Google doesn’t try to stifle the voice of the people. I support Google more than ever now.

  3. Anonymous November 19, 2005 at 1:52 pm

    Absolutely perfect–George is the top failure of the century……

  4. Anonymous December 4, 2005 at 2:57 am

    Failure?? If you call removing from power one of the most cruel and sadistic dictators of this century, developing a Homeland Security program to protect us at home and abroad, and working to rebuild and provide freedom to oppressed Iraqis failure, then you do not know the meaning of the word. Soldiers are dying for your right to make your moronic and misinformed comments. Peace can only be acheived when those who are willing to stand up to evil do so swiftly and without reservation.

  5. Anonymous December 14, 2005 at 11:55 am

    To the guy above,

    >>Peace can only be acheived when
    >>those who are willing to stand up to
    >>evil do so swiftly and without
    >>reservation.

    Peace?? Was there a threat to peace in the US before it attacked Iraq using for excuse its BS claims? Is the situation better now than it was before?

    If you ask me, the world is much, much more dangerous now than it was before the US-led invasion of Iraq.

  6. Tim December 24, 2005 at 11:04 pm

    “Soldiers are dying for your right to make your moronic and misinformed comments.”

    And thats the failure, they shouldnt be dying.

    “Peace can only be acheived when those who are willing to stand up to evil do so swiftly and without reservation”

    You mean by starting a war? Doesnt sound like peace to me.

    The whole point of the algorithm that google uses is to rank pages based on what people think of them, it does this by looking at the links to that page. If lots of people think bush is a failure and update their websites to reflect that and google picks up on it then its doing its job just fine.

  7. Nic 'n' Cher December 27, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Finally, someone gets back to the real topic at hand, Google. Yes, you have a valid point, I think what I am trying to get across is that Google should better regulate those that aim to take advantage of the system by ‘google bombing’ others.

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