Have you ever had an encounter with Google bombing? It is used to channelize political campaign or just to make the prank. If you are not familiar with the matter, the first of all, know about Google bombing.
Google bombing is a way to manipulate the crawlers to rank one particular web page for an irrelevant but derogatory search word. Generally, Google search algorithm rank one page which is linked to different anchor texts of different websites. Through the blog, article, message board, social bookmarking or other websites, the marketer just increase the popularity of the link to come up in the search result.
1. Miserable Failure: G.W Bush
The first notable incident of Google bombing for political campaign history is the ‘miserable failure’ of Bush. Though Mr. Bush has received several bombs during his tenure, the ‘miserable failure’ is the most famous. During his ran for the second term of the presidential candidature in 2006, if any user searches for the phrase ‘miserable failure’ in Google, the first link appeared of the biography of Bush on the White House official website. The same result was also shown in MSN and Yahoo too. This bombing was removed when Google tweaked its algorithm in 2007.
2. Murder: Abortion
In February 2011, when any user searched for ‘murder’ in Google the Wikipedia page for Abortion came on the second position. The bomb was planned and executed by an anti-abortion group to support their view on the ongoing abortion debate.
3. Find Chuck Norris: Chuck Norris
This Google bomb was designed for only prank and entrainment. If any user search for the phrase ‘find chuck norris’, the first website appear on search is Arran Schlosberg’s website NoChuckNorris.com. The website was designed as the Google search result with the error message; “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.”
4. More Evil Than Satan Himself: Microsoft
It is the first most acknowledged Google bomb which came to exist in 1999. The bombers targeted the homepage of Microsoft for the phrase ‘More Evil Than Satan Himself’. It was the part of a famous riddle: What is more powerful than God himself, more evil than Satan? The rich want it, the poor have it and if you eat it, you’ll die.”
Apart from these, there are a few interesting Google bombs which deserve a mention.
- Rick Santorum who was bombed for his comments on homosexuality.
- Bill O’Reilly was bombed as ‘terrorist sympathizer’ for his preference for Al Qaeda
- Nicolas Sarkozy was bombed as “Trou du cul du web” (or “The A**hole of the Internet”)
- The French Military Victories came up with French Military defeats
- The ‘liar’ term associated with Tony Blair
- Buffone or clown was meant for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
- Scientology was associated with ‘dangerous cult’.
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