Google gives new meaning to Bush's low approval rate

Google gives new meaning to Bush's low approval rate

Summary: Teenagers.  There's a lot of things they could be doing on the Net that most parents wouldn't be to crazy about.

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bushhome.jpgTeenagers.  There's a lot of things they could be doing on the Net that most parents wouldn't be to crazy about.  But mine? He and his friends are telling each other to go to Google's home page, type "failure" into the search box, and click the I'm feeling lucky button.  When my 15 year-old son told me that I'd be whisked directly to George Bush's biography on the official White House Web site, I thought for sure that he and his friends had fallen victim to some ruse.  They didn't.  Google's I'm feeling lucky button takes you straight to the first search result that comes up if you press the normal Google Search button instead.  As of the time this blog entry was published, Bush's official bio on whitehouse.gov is synonymous with "failure" on Google.  I knew Bush's approval rating was going down, but...

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  • Easier

    If you are using firefox,or have google bar installed for IE type 'failure' in the address bar
    PaulWallen
  • Google bombing

    Yes, this is one of the more dramatic results of that time-honored tradition known as Google bombing, see..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb

    The "miserable failure" project got its start way back in October 2003...

    http://oldfashionedpatriot.blogspot.com/2003_10_01_oldfashionedpatriot_archive.html#106727416975886151
    David Grober
    • Yuh... right. GW Bush is real popular...

      Gimme a break.

      However GW Bush got to the top of the failure rankings -- it is a clear reflection of US citizen's attitudes toward the most woefully incompetent president in nearly a century.

      And I can say that -- I'm a card-carrying, money--donating Republican.
      theblue1
  • come on.....

    Come on ZDNet, this is over a year old, and google has even posted an official response to it (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/googlebombing-failure.html)

    Regardless of what you think about Bush, I would expect better and more current articles. Or at least do a little research and present more information please.
    fillup07
    • They have their reasons ....

      none of them objective or good.
      An_Axe_to_Grind
    • Interesting

      If this is over a year old then maybe it's not such a prank as Google originally though.

      Still it's when people complain they make noise. When people are happy they are often quiet.
      voska
    • First I've seen of it..

      Just being honest here. I had never seen it until my son brought to my attention yesterday. My wife was suprised by the news too. Perhaps I don't get out on the Internet enough. I think it's a fair statement though that if it's a year old and Google really didn't want it there, that it could have corrected the situation by now.
      dberlind
      • wrong

        You said:
        "I think it's a fair statement though that if it's a year old and Google really didn't want it there, that it could have corrected the situation by now."

        I say:
        Sure they *could* have, but they should not. (And I am not even a Bush hater). Although they have the capabilities obviously, I would not want Google messing with results just so someone doesn't get a bad image - regardless of who it is. It took a somewhat large number of people to make this happen. Only time will weed it out, and other links to more meaningful sites with the title of "failure". Regardless, in no way should this be considered Google's "political" view as a company. If anything, it simply exposes how much importance Google places on link text. If Google wants to fix the results or make it more difficult to googlebomb, it will do so by modifying the search algorithm itself.

        From google itself:
        "We don't condone the practice of googlebombing, or any other action that seeks to affect the integrity of our search results, **but we're also reluctant to alter our results by hand in order to prevent such items from showing up.**"
        fillup07
    • ...right on....

      "I would expect better and more current articles. Or at least do a little research and present more information please."
      shostopper
  • Google bombing...

    I remember when it was "miserable failure" that brought up Bush's profile.

    Then again, I also remember when "more evil than Satan himself" brought up Microsoft. And then it brought up a story about how it used to bring up Microsoft. Such is the Internet, I guess...
    Third of Five
  • check this out also

    I personally like this one:
    In google type "french victories" and click:
    I'm Feeling Lucky.
    fillup07