Not even Google saw this coming

While developing their algorithm to remove Google bombs (link bomb), Google probably didn’t anticipate the White House including the word ‘failure’ on George Bush’s page.

“A Google bomb is Internet slang for a certain kind of attempt to influence the ranking of a given page in results returned by the Google search engine, often with humorous or political intentions. Because of the way that Google’s algorithm works, a page will be ranked higher if the sites that link to that page use consistent anchor text,” says Wikipedia. So when a search for miserable failure (now failure) occurred, it returned George Bush’s biographical page because of consistent anchor text using the words ‘miserable failure’.

On the White House page for George Bush it includes a speech regarding Congress’s decision to not fund the troops in Iraq. Now since the page includes the word failure, the Google bomb reactivated itself because Google’s algorithm thinks that the links are correct.

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