Google defuses Googlebombs

Google has taken action against Googlebombing, the act of hundreds of Internet users linking up specific words with certain web sites in order to produce a desired (and usually comical) search result. To remedy the problem Google altered the algorithm by improving the way they analyze link structures on web sites. Google's Matt Cutts says that the algorithm scales well and even helps prevent Googlebombs in other languages.

Famous "linkbombing" cases include "failure" producing a link to the current US President, George W. Bush, "waffles" with Senator John Kerry, "talentless hack" with Adam Mathes and finally stopping the word "Jew" from pointing to a hate site and instead directing users to the Wikipedia entry on Jewish people. Google says that there have been less than 100 "well-known" Googlebombs since 2001 and overall the problem was a harmless one.

Google claims that the reason that the company has decided to finally give in and fix the algorithm was because too many people had begun to assume that the results displayed were Google's own opinions and that the company was intentionally associating the terms with various parties. "That's not true, and it seemed like it was worth trying to correct that misperception," Cutts said.

News source: Ars Technica

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Google claims that the reason that the company has decided to finally give in and fix the algorithm was because too many people had begun to assume that the results displayed were Google's own opinions and that the company was intentionally associating the terms with various parties.

Which is what disclaimers are for. If people are stupid enough to think that a search result is dependent upon opinion then that should be their problem.

Its disappointing that miserable failure doesnt point to bush any further... though the references to the bomb are still there.

You would have to be totally stupid to assume that Google did this on purpose.

The question is now, are google going to change future results that don't fit in with what they want?!

"Going to"? They've done this in the past and still do...

Among other things, they
- regularly takes out sites from their index completely, if Google e.g believes they've abused PageRanks.
- Mark sites as possibly malicious (and it seems this is sometimes false from recent news; was covered on Neowin as well as Digg)
- takes out sites from their index if not complying with DMCA (for a simple example, search for "Kazaa" on Google and check the page bottom)

Famous “linkbombing” cases include "failure" producing a link to the current US President, George W. Bush

What's wrong with this statement?

Should have also linked to a page on Abraham Lincoln too, but didn't. He was one of the most hated men in American History during his time in office, yet brought one of the greatest changes ever faced.

Basically, your "haha" is moot by history. You can't judge today's history until you're 100 years or more away from it, as all your going to see is biased fingers. Look at it in 100 years, it'll even out. Am I saying it'll show him as the best president ever? No. Worst? No.

Anywho ...

So will the current "Googlebombs" still be effective, or have they been defused, as well. I was under the impression that Google did not want to manually alter their results, comical or not, because it would interfere with their statement to organize the world's information.

As I understand it, they've just enhanced the algorithm(s) used to sort the information, in order to prevent websites from exploiting the way PageRank works. They're not manually going through and picking out or hiding certain websites, it's only a change in the way the data is sorted. As such, to answer the first question, no, the "GoogleBombs" that existed before will no longer be as effective as they were.

As far as i know, the 'spambots' you are referring to it is actually, conscious advertising which has been setup by Neowin for example. Its called Intellitxt, you can find out about it by clicking the "?" on the box that appears when you hover over a word which is highlighted.

slim_Az said,
Awww... Google are no fun :disappointed:
google is for searching, not producing lots of useless results, whether they are funny or not.

is this 'googlebombing' related to spambots on forums that have a million links to their site with different words used in each link? ****es the hell out of me.

Yes, that's what I was thinking too... Hopefully this thing will catch spammers too that heavily cross-link each others bogus sites to pump their PageRanks. It sounds like a similar technique to Googlebombs anyway, and I'd say that sort of spam is right now the most annoying thing on Google, far moreso than Googlebombs.

Jugalator said,
Yes, that's what I was thinking too... Hopefully this thing will catch spammers too that heavily cross-link each others bogus sites to pump their PageRanks. It sounds like a similar technique to Googlebombs anyway, and I'd say that sort of spam is right now the most annoying thing on Google, far moreso than Googlebombs.

still its good to have a laugh when ur doing some work with google