Msg#: 4688349 posted 9:32 am on Jul 17, 2014 (gmt 0)
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza wants to know why his latest docudrama "America: Imagine the World Without Her" was buried by mega search engine Google.
Here's the technical problem: When one normally searches the name of a current movie plus the word “movie” in Google, showtimes and more information for the film typically show up. “America” opened on July 1 in 700 theaters nationwide, but typing in “America movie” has not provided show time information in a Google search.
Lawyers for the film sent a letter to Google chief legal officer David Drummond insisting the situation be fixed, claiming that it is hindering the ability for moviegoers to find out where its being played.
"Google's search algorithm is not an absolute exact science, however, its core mission is to serve up reliable and accurate information to the end user," Ari Zoldan, CEO of Quantum Networks said. "The company does not engage in unethical or biased mis-search results. They are not in the business of taking sides."
Not sure if Ari Zoldan was qualified to provide his expert opinion. Considering the story is about a movie, Ari should have questioned why so many YouTube videos appear in the search results yet competing video websites don't.
I don't remember where I read it (maybe Slate) but when this story first broke, they did a search of some other one and two word movie names that were relatively current, and they didn't come up on the first page either. Moreover, it was 4th of July week. (I know a little about that)
I've seen similar issues with a lot of local bands picking ridiculous one word names that are 1) used by 10,000 other bands and 2) a common word that might have six or seven different definitions. Then they wonder why they can't be found in Google.
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