Newly inaugurated President Barack Obama swept into office on a platform promising change in Washington, but it seems some politically minded Googlebombers didn't get the memo. They just transferred their same Googlebomb from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. So Google searches for the term "miserable failure," which used to direct users to a page on George W. Bush, now instead get redirected to one of Obama. The more things change, the more they stay the same--especially when it comes to Washington.
The newer "miserable failure" Googlebomb is in addition to the "cheerful achievement" Googlebomb Obama supporters unleashed previously. Google, however, says it has remedied the situation, using an algorithm it developed a few years ago to detect Googlebombs. In a blog posting, Google explained it this way:
"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 (we joke around the Googleplex that more articles have been written about Googlebombs than there are actual examples of Googlebombs). After we became aware of this latest Googlebomb, we re-ran our algorithm and it detected the Googlebomb for [cheerful achievement] as well as for [failure]. As a result, those search queries now return discussion about the Googlebombs rather than the original pages that were returned."
While both the cheerful and miserable googlebombs are now history, it's interesting to note that George W.'s miserable failure googlebomb lived in the wild quite a while before Google flushed it out. Signs of political bias in search? Just wondering...
This story, "Obama Googlebomb Is History" was originally published by Network World.