ask google ... political joke


عضو نشيط
27 أكتوبر 2002
before you read the article try this : put the phrase " miserable failure" in google and see what the first result will be

'Miserable failure' leads to Bush

[ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2003 01:44:56 AM ]


Anyone searching on Google for the phrase ‘miserable failure’ was sent to the official White House biography of president Bush. Google executives say they have no corporate opinion of the Bush presidency. Instead, the episode is another example of a form of cyber-graffiti known as Google bombing. It is a group prank.

If enough Web pages link a certain Web page to a phrase, the Google search engine will start to associate that page with the phrase even if, as in the case of Bush’s official biography, the phrase does not occur on the destination website. Beginning a few months ago, for example, the No. 1 search result on Google for the term weapons of mass destruction has been a satiric Web page made to look like a Microsoft error message.

Inspired by this and stirred by his objections to Bush’s policies, a computer programmer, George Johnston, created a Google bomb to tie Bush’s official biography to the phrase ‘miserable failure’, watchwords of the presidential campaign of Richard A Gephardt.

(Johnston, who lives in Bellevue , Washington , said he had no association with the Gephardt campaign and in fact preferred another Democratic candidate, Dennis J Kucinich.) In the middle of October, Johnston created links on his blog ( tying the phrase to the Bush biography and began to send messages to the writers of other blogs with an anti-Bush tilt, telling them of his project.

Many not only added the catch phrase to their own sites but urged readers to do the same. Craig Silverstein, Google’s director for technology, says the company sees nothing wrong with the public using its search engine this way.

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