[Air-l] miserable failure

ericgoldman at onebox.com ericgoldman at onebox.com
Fri Dec 5 14:52:36 PST 2003

There is even a phrase to describe this process: "Google Bombing."  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1868395.stm.  A number of other targets have been hit, including AOL and Disney.  http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/internet/09/30/column.nettrends.reut/ and http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2002/0,4814,74566,00.html.

Eric Goldman
Marquette University Law School
ericgoldman at onebox.com
Personal home page: http://eric_goldman.tripod.com

-----Original Message-----
From:     MERLYNA LIM <merlyn at bdg.centrin.net.id>
Sent:     Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:20:27 +0100
To:       air-l at aoir.org
Subject:  Re: [Air-l] miserable failure

'i am feeling lucky' button is basically referring to the first web page 
Google returned for your query, and only the first one.

however, Google is unique among search engines, because while mostly it 
shows you pages that have the exact keywords you're looking for, 
occasionally it also  shows you pages that don't have those keywords but 
other pages linked to that page with those keywords. and interestingly 
the linkers can impact the Google rank of the linkee.. This algorithm is 
  called Google Bombs by a brilliant gag Adam Mathes.

So, in the case 'miserable failure' while that page of Bush's biblio has 
no words of 'miserable failure', that page comes up as the page who has 
most links to the pages who link to it with the phrase 'miserable failure'.


david silver wrote:

> ok, so:
> Try
>  "miserable failure"
> at
>  Google.com
> and hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button
> two questions: 1) how cool is this? 2) does anyone know how it is done?
> david

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