From time to time I Google the term "search engine" and currently dogpile ranks as the most relevant result. Does this mean that Panda hit Google (#10 on my results) and they are waiting for a recovery?
not to rain on anyones parade here, but why would google rank themselves for search engine? If you go to google and do a search, you already know google is an option, so why should it appear as a result?
Google has become much more than a search engine, it has become the replacement word for the word search. Nobody says search for it anymore, they say "google it". This is the exact reason why msn moved to bing rather than msn/live.com. "bing it" sounds better than live it or msn it.
But Google does appear as a result, its not the most relevant option according to their own algorithm.. Given search is their bread and butter I would have expected them to rank a little higher for it.
All the other sites' blurbs-- including wikipedia and ask.com-- contain the actual word "engine", so google is fudging it by listing themselves at all. ("This term occurs only in pages that link to this site", I guess.) Where the word is located on the respective search engines' real pages that real humans get if they click on the link is a bit of a mystery. But I'm sure google can explain it.
Any search engine that lists dogpile as the top search engine obviously has a broken algorithm.
Using that logic Bing, Yahoo and Google all have broken algorithms.
You may want to take a moment and ask yourself why does this matter?
If you are just spending time complaining or laughing at Google then you are not improving your personal situation or rankings. If you are trying to better understand the serps and reverse engineer them so you can make smarter and more profitable decisions I would suggest you look at other keywords that are better for analyzing.