Thursday, December 15, 2005

GoogleBombing - 'Failure' Search leads to Whitehouse Official Homepage

This was quite funny thing actually, when we search for failure, the first result is the official website of whitehouse with the page biography of the president. If we clicked on "I'm feeling lucky", then it would directly take to this page. That was all over the forwarded mails quite sometime before.

While surfing thru' the google blog, I found explanation for it. I have put it as it has been posted in the blog. Its url is:


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Googlebombing 'failure'

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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