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New happy Google Bomb : Cheerful Achievement replace Misebable Failure  (View post)

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

Thursday, January 22, 2009
8 years ago4,619 views

In less than 24h I done it on Google.com with the help of a few Twitter friends :
intercommunication.blogspot.co ...

Above 1 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Joseph [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

It will last a day or two or three. Google's current algorithm gives temporary priority for new stuff. So if it sees a lot of new stuff pointing somewhere, it'll give it a high ranking for a few days or so.

Jaan Kanellis [PersonRank 3]

8 years ago #

Right Joe. lets see where this page is at a month from now. Of course with all of us writing about it it can only help that page stay there.

PierreS [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

This Blogoscoped post is #1 here. Perhaps my custom results...

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

I hope the fact this is a happy one, it will stay!

Joseph [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Eric, That is a matter of opinion :-)

In any event, Google's algorithm doesn't account for opinion's regarding if something is 'happy' or 'sad.'

Tim [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Philipp, you disarmed the bomb ;)
When I click on the link it this blogoscoped article as the first result

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

OK, there's some irony in that.

Yellow SEO [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

See how long it lasts on the first page. Appears It lasted about 18 hours it seems.... the allinanchor is slipping once in media, blogs and socail networks. currently ranked 4 now and will drop as more relevant results are added

Torsten [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

What about another google bomb? :-)

In the inaugururation speech, Obama spoke of a "network of violence and hatred". Am I the only one who thought of FOX, when he heard that?

docbob [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Well I did not Torsten. I thought of Keith Oberman on MSNBC and his hate speech against Bush.

Yellow SEO [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

Kudus to Eric Baillargeon

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

Hope the fact I ask to put it in the blogroll of my friends will put it back in good position after the media frenzy... Mashable, Cnet and Philipp have take the lead for now!

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Exactly, Google Bomb is just like bomb: explode, then cease quickly.

In addition, popular site like blogoscoped could easily or accidentally disarm the bomb.

Bomb "miserable failure" for Mr Bush was an exception probably.

Mugunth Kumar [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Unfortunately, Yahoo is still struggling with its algorithm...
mugunthkumar.blogspot.com/2009 ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

I love the way Yahoo suggests to also try "miserable failure google" and "miserable failure not bush"!

Yellow SEO [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

Seems it back to number #1 and this might stick for awhile

Achievement #2
cheerful #15

If you do a search for

~Achievement #2

   (is pretty good relevancy) This might stick for awhile

If you do a search for ~cheerful #15 which better then Mashable, Cnet, only blogocoped is close.

Disco [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Obama ranks #1 for "failure"...

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

Cool and thanks for the info Yellow SEO

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

Funny fact : Google now show on a request on "cheerful" alone, a first related link "cheerful achievement" ;-)

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

heh, philip. its back to #1 again.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Let's put the search string here too to help testing – and it's #1 again BTW:
google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

whitehouse.gov is not even in the top 100 right now. What I don't understand is why many sites wrote about this even when whitehouse.gov is no longer #1.

google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...

Torsten [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

docbob: Well, I guess MSNBC is pretty done with that :-)

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.co ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

From that post by Matt Cutts:

<< Rather than edit these prank results by hand, we developed an algorithm a few years ago to detect Googlebombs. We tend not to run it all the time, because it takes some computing power to process our entire web index and because true Googlebombs are quite rare [...].

After we become aware of this latest Googlebomb, we re-ran our algorithm and it detected the Googlebomb for [cheerful achievement] as well as for [failure]. >>

I fail to understand how this is not manipulating search results by hand. If something other than Google's ranking algorithm notices something (i.e. in this case it's the web spam team, Danny Sullivan, or just the web community as a whole) and, as a result, Google decides to manually run an "algorithm" to "fix" it, that is most definitely human intervention and therefore manipulating search results by hand as far as I'm concerned.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]Ionut: even during this weekend still.. Poor news days..

Steve Johnston [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

This never was a Googlebomb. Just a very unusual phrase, that no-one who speaks English as a first language would ever say, enjoying a bit of basic optimisation. When the result first happened, there were only 234 URLs on the web that even had those two words together in a phrase. As of today, that is now 7630. Eric's effort has consequently been wiped off the web when all those sites reported the (non)story with the phrase now present – in response to the post – got crawled. And, yes, I'm very jealous of the publicity Eric got! :-)

Eric Baillargeon [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

The idea was to put the first happy bomb Steve with the antonym of the first famous one, don't get jealous ;-)

Rob Camp [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

When I just searched for this the top result redirected me to some dodge site wanting to install virus checking software on my PC. FAIL

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Hmmm, the hit #1 goes to adult community at time of writing
(alt dom com slash go etc.) There is no warning mentioned.
Do you have McAFee SiteAdvisor installed?

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

The situation is changing again:
The first hit is
news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-1014 ...

now and this Blogoscoped thread (in fact the post itself) is #4.

George R [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

When I search google images for [miserable failure], I still get an image of Bush first, a screen shot of Google's SERP second, and an Image of Hillary Clinton fifth.

images.google.com/images?q=mis ...

When I search the images for [cheerful achievement], I get Blogoscoped second and fourth.

images.google.com/images?q=che ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Title field has a typo: it's Miserable, not Misebable

Brandon [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]docbob

Clearly you misunderstand. It's "okay" to hate Bush; it doesn't count as hate. That's why he can be the most hated man alive, and yet the people who hate him are somehow not guilty of hate.

That's the prevailing attitude anyway ... not that it makes sense.

Tony's right, by the way. If Google has to run a separate algorithm to diffuse the Googlebombs that have come to its attention, that's totally different from saying that Googlebombing won't work anymore thanks to some magical improvement to the normal algorithm.

Not sure if I'm too concerned with this manipulation, good or bad, but it's manipulation, nonetheless.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

By the way, Matt Cutts responded to my comment (which I also posted in response to his tweet on FriendFeed):

<< Tony, I think the answer is that we stand by whatever the detection algorithm outputs and we don't modify the algorithm's output. We could make this detection algorithm run daily, but it would really be a waste of lots of processing for a topic that's already a bit of a tempest in a teapot. See also my comment at bit.ly/186dp for more info about where the algorithm didn't work well for [failure] in December 2008 but we didn't change things manually. >>

From: friendfeed.com/e/1bb47dc1-d470 ...

I'm still undecided about this. I guess if the algorithm was run when there weren't any prominent googlebombs, it could potentially pick up some false positives.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

And who knows, if the current algorithm (which humans wrote) wouldn't have caught "cheerful achievement", it might have been adjusted again (by humans).

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