Google Bombing – What a BLAST (Unless You are George W. Bush)

My son called me today to show me a demonstration of “Google bombing” that he knew I’d enjoy.

If you would like to have your own fun (and especially if you aren’t a fan of our current President) you should go to Google and…

type in the term “miserable failure.”

I nearly laughed so hard I had a coughing fit. Dang cold! Spoiled my enjoyment.

There are a few more of these little gems scattered on the web.

If you are a looney tunes fan (and no this isn’t another jab at the Prez)… You should go to Google and type in Elmer fudd and then hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button.

Cute stuff, but as a marketing person, it’s a bit alarming.

I wonder how long it will be before competitors start blasting each other out of the water with these techniques before Google fixes the loopholes.

It was listed in a 2002 article, and so far, judging from the “miserable failure” (AKA Bush) this loophole has not yet been patched. Of course… that particular example may have been made exempt, who knows?!?


Please note that I resisted the urge to link to Bush’s site while using the term miserable failure in this blog. It was difficult, it took real effort… but I managed to do it.

I think, perhaps, this is JUST the type of evil by bloggers the Forbes writer was referencing. But, to make this work well, takes quite a bit of effort and quite a few different bloggers that feel exactly the same way. And, if it’s lots of individuals feeling the same way and expressing that… perhaps it’s not really bombing… perhaps it’s free speech… with live links… Hmmmmmm.

Regardless, I’ve abstained. It’s too much in the ethical “gray area” for my own tastes.

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