Unlike Bush’s ‘Google Bomb,’ Google Quickly Defuses Obama’s

Remember, you must love “The One”, or else. He is here to save you from yourself, so you must support him, or else. So let’s go grab an “O” and grin our praises to “The One”, or else.

It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush. But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.

Four years versus a few days … Some Googlers are asking why.

In 2003, President Bush’s detractors successfully gamed the Google search engine by arranging to have countless Web sites link the words “miserable failure” to Bush’s official biography on the White House Web site. The result was that when someone typed the search term “miserable failure” into the Google search box, Bush’s bio rose to the top of the search results.

And that’s how it stayed until 2007, when Google developed an algorithm to detect what became known as “Google bombs” and re-directed the term “miserable failure” to non-political pages.

Unfortunately for Obama, “miserable failure” reverted back to his bio when he moved into the White House. The new president was also Google-bombed with the phrase “cheerful achievement.”

But this time, Google stepped in quickly, rectifying the situation in a few days, instead of four years.

The difference in time did not go unnoticed.

“You let this go on for the entire Bush administration,” a reader named w3bgrrl wrote on a Google blog. “But since you bought the White House for Obama, you don’t want your candidates harmed … And your claims not withstanding, even liberals know you’re liberal.”

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2 Responses to “Unlike Bush’s ‘Google Bomb,’ Google Quickly Defuses Obama’s”

  1. gh0st says:

    I’ll explain this very tricky and so-technical-it-is-almost-too-complicated-to-grasp concept that only us super, uber computer science guys can grasp…

    While an algorithm may take years to develop, once ‘gold’ it can be implemented countless times in a very short turn around time with little to no effort.

    I am glad that I could illuminate these concepts that are just WAY too complicated for the average person to grasp…

  2. Steve says:

    Trust me, Gh0st, I know all about development curves, budget reviews, pet projects, AFE’s, CapEx and all that other nice stuff that can get in the way of us creating really cool and neat things.
    I also know how easy it is to put things on the back burner that are not important to people or those who manage them.
    And since us hardware guys look at you software guys as pompous and arrogant people who over complicate the simple and break that which works when it left our offices, I can safely say that it doesn’t take four years to build a algorithm to redirect search engine bombs directed at the president.
    Sorry, it just doesn’t fly with this geeky techno-nerd.

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