FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Google takes 4 years to address Bush Googlebomb, 4 *days* to fix Obamabomb
It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush.
But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama. …
In 2003, President Bush’s detractors successfully gamed the Google search engine by arranging to have countless Web sites link the words “miserable failure” to Bush’s official biography on the White House Web site.
The result was that when someone typed the search term “miserable failure” into the Google search box, Bush’s bio rose to the top of the search results. …
Unfortunately for Obama, “miserable failure” reverted back to his bio when he moved into the White House. The new president was also Google-bombed with the phrase “cheerful achievement.”
But this time, Google stepped in quickly, rectifying the situation in a few days, instead of four years.
The difference in time did not go unnoticed.
“You let this go on for the entire Bush administration,” a reader named w3bgrrl wrote on a Google blog. “But since you bought the White House for Obama, you don’t want your candidates harmed … And your claims not withstanding, even liberals know you’re liberal.”
It’s not exactly new news that Google is pro-Obama and anti-Bush.
Personally, I’m more interested in how much CO2 is emitted by one running of that anti-Googlebomb algorithm, given that a simple pair of Google searches could apparently boil a pot of tea.