Google bombing

Bet ya those fancy PHDs at Google never predicted this:

A search for the phrase “miserable failure” on the popular search engine Google brings up the biography of George W. Bush on the official White House Web site, in one of the more prominent search-engine manipulations with political overtones.

…computer users rigged the search engine results by posting the phrase on Web pages and linking it to the Bush bio, in a technique called Google bombing.


One Comment on “Google bombing”

  1. Users rigging Google search results? Impossible! I took a look at Google’s explanation of their technology and here’s what they have to say on the matter:

    Google’s complex, automated methods make human tampering with our results extremely difficult. And though we do run relevant ads above and next to our results, Google does not sell placement within the results themselves (i.e., no one can buy a higher PageRank). A Google search is an easy, honest and objective way to find high-quality websites with information relevant to your search.

    So you see, there’s no possible way that this could happen. If we can’t trust Google search results, then what can we trust?