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WillBrink
11-03-2005, 05:13 PM
Not trying to make any political statements here, but I found this amazing. Go to Google. Type in the word “failure” into the search box. Hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button below….:eek:

JHalstead
11-03-2005, 06:04 PM
Wow, that is hilarious! I'm not giving any of my own political views either, but I did a word search through the article and at no point was the word "failure" to be found. Even in the page's source code! I'm thinking that says something for what Google has going on in their search engine...

WillBrink
11-03-2005, 06:15 PM
Wow, that is hilarious! I'm not giving any of my own political views either, but I did a word search through the article and at no point was the word "failure" to be found. Even in the page's source code! I'm thinking that says something for what Google has going on in their search engine...

I assumed that the people at Google are making their own political statement.

elissalowe
11-03-2005, 06:35 PM
Wow, that is hilarious! I'm not giving any of my own political views either, but I did a word search through the article and at no point was the word "failure" to be found. Even in the page's source code! I'm thinking that says something for what Google has going on in their search engine...
It's known as "googlebombing."

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googlebomb and
http://google.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000050062652/

JHalstead
11-03-2005, 09:22 PM
Wow, that's interesting. And here I'm a computer geek... I am humbled yet again by you, Elissa... and this time in my area of expertise. You're kinda rough on a guy's self esteem, ya know? ;-)

elissalowe
11-03-2005, 09:28 PM
...You're kinda rough on a guy's self esteem, ya know? ;-)
My husband doesn't think so... ;)

JHalstead
11-03-2005, 10:39 PM
LMAO! Okay, there's a sign flashing in my head warning me, "that way lies madness...".

elissalowe
11-03-2005, 10:46 PM
LMAO! Okay, there's a sign flashing in my head warning me, "that way lies madness...".
Not at all dear - after all, the title over there on the left reads "Moderator"...not "Moderatrix" :D

JHalstead
11-04-2005, 01:06 AM
So as long as I don't see you in the new member galleries flexing in leather it's all good then? :)

elissalowe
11-04-2005, 01:28 AM
So as long as I don't see you in the new member galleries flexing in leather it's all good then? :)
Of course! :)

Hmmmm - that is a thought though. Y'know I change my avatar every 2 - 3 months, so I'm always looking for new ideas... ;)

JHalstead
11-04-2005, 02:45 AM
Oh dear... what have I done?!

erp7e
11-04-2005, 05:00 AM
I find this Googlebombing thing to be curious. The nerdiness gets out of control when there are "Googlebombing competitions."

[Taken from Elissa's link]:

Googlebombing competitions
Main articles: nigritude ultramarine, seraphim proudleduck
In May 2004, Dark Blue and SearchGuild.com teamed up to create what they termed the "SEO Challenge". They offered an Apple iPod mini to the person whose page was the first result for the search phrase "nigritude ultramarine" one month after the competition's start. A second prize, a Sony flat-screen monitor, was the prize for being the first result a month later. These went to merkey.net and Anil Dash [2], respectively.

The contest sparked controversy around the Internet, as some groups worried that search engine optimization (SEO) companies would abuse the techniques used in the competition to alter queries more relevant to the average user. This fear was offset by the belief that Google would alter their algorithm based on the methods used by the googlebombers.

In September 2004, another SEO contest was created. This time, the objective was to get the top result for the phrase "seraphim proudleduck". A large sum of money was offered to the winner, but the competition turned out to be a hoax.

In .net magazine, Issue 134, March 2005, a contest was created among 5 professional web site developers to make their site the number one listed site for the made-up phrase "crystalline incandescence". (Read the article here.)

elissalowe
11-04-2005, 11:25 AM
Some people definitely have too much time on their hands!

JHalstead
11-04-2005, 12:29 PM
Crystalline incandescence? Sounds like an alternative band name!