[Groop] Google Grooed!!!...

Azamin azamin7 at pd.jaring.my
Thu Oct 13 20:53:47 PDT 2005

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> Try it as soon as you get this. It works!
> Fiza
> Brilliant!!!!!!!
> Subject: Google
> 1. Go to    www.google.com
> 2. Type in failure
> 3. Press the I'm feeling lucky button (instead of the Google search
> one)
> 4. Laugh
> 5. Forward to friends before the Google folks fix this!

The Google replied:

"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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