| 4:17 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I've always thought it was a manual removal since other bombs such as "coolest guy on the planet" and "french military victories" are still intact.
| 5:59 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Google definitely stated they used an algorithmic approach.
|When we're faced with a bad search result or a relevance problem, our first instinct is to look for an automatic way to solve the problem instead of trying to fix a particular search by hand. Algorithms are great because they scale well: computers can process lots of data very fast, and robust algorithms often work well in many different languages. That's what we did in this case, and the extra effort to find a good algorithm helps detect Googlebombs in many different languages. We wouldn't claim that this change handles every prank that someone has attempted. |
Looks like the Colbert Report "prank" does have more power than the algorithm tweak.
| 6:11 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
|the people voted and the results are/were there |
Actually, the problem with Google Bombs is that "the people" didn't vote, a tiny minority stuffed the ballot box.
| 6:16 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
> stuffed the ballot box
aka the sanjaya effect :)
| 6:27 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
How hard is it really? If the page doesn't have said search words on the page then don't rank it.
| 7:10 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I'm surprised this has raised any fuss at all. The site's main page has the word 'living' on it (at least it did on Sunday), and apparently that's enough to let it pass the new Googlebomb fix.
| 7:54 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Manual, scare tactic. The ones google likes....
Google, the master of smoke and mirrors.They publicly announce something to make people think it will not work anymore when it works well.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:25 pm (utc) on April 23, 2007]
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| 8:51 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
For the record, in the past month or so, the White House did inadvertently put the word "failure" in the presidential bio (something to do with the Democratic failure to provide funding for the war), and, while this word was in place, the single-word failure Google Bomb was again working.
What was more interesting to me was that the bio continued not to to rank for [miserable failure], in spite of "failure" now being in the document and the many inbounds including "miserable failure" as a phrase.
I've noticed that some of my pages that used to rank for...
...in addition to...
...no longer rank for the keywordsynonym widget searches when "keywordsynonym" is not on the page, even though it is in inbound anchor text.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:02 pm (utc) on April 23, 2007]