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July 29, 2005

Did You Know....

....that if you type "failure" into a Google search the first result you get is the official White House biography of President George W. Bush? (Hat tip: The Corner)


Posted by Tom at July 29, 2005 06:34 PM

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Dates back to the most recent election campaign when Dick Gephardt (I believe) was calling Bush a "miserable failure". Someone got the idea for a Google-bomb; link the phrase "miserable failure" to Bush's bio, and soon Google's engine links the words to the page, even though those words aren't on the page.

Used properly, Google's method would give you links to a page that others thought fit a particular description, and that's a good thing. This was just gaming the system.

See this link for more examples:

Posted by: Doug Payton at July 30, 2005 11:46 AM