Wow, what country to you live in?
Manipulated? Again, the algo was doing EXACTLY what it was supposed to.
The liberals chose to "vote" for the white house.
The conservatives "voted" for Michael Moore. (poor choice, IMO. They could have done much better)
Saying the SERPS were manipulated in the equivalent of saying that candidates who understand the popular vote vs. the electoral college and choose to go for MOST electoral votes v. the most popular votes are "manipulating" the political system.
As an SEO, I understand that I can link to my favorite widgets store as "click here", "cool", or "widgets store". I also know that if I use "widget store" they have a better chance of being found by others for widgets.
Using that knowledge isn't "manipulating" the SERPS, it's making an INFORMED internet vote for that store.
Just because Google doesn't THINK it's the best widgets store should have NO bearing.
Again, if ANYONE is looking for "miserable failure" they are LOOKING for the whitehouse.gov and michealmoore.com. Period.
I could careless about what political pressures G has come under.
That's the sign of a immoral and corrupt company that simply doesn't say, "Hey, these are the DEMOCRATIC votes for the site, we don't hand manipulate our results because you don't agree"
(An argument they LOVE to make in court when someone claims otherwise)
[edited by: whitenight at 12:58 am (utc) on Jan. 27, 2007]