Truman Capote’s Not Dead After All, So Says Google News
Good news, everyone! It turns out Truman Capote isn't dead after all! It seems the Breakfast at Tiffany's author is alive and well, and writing articles about abortion for The New York Times, or at least that's what Google would have you believe. Google News credited the 2010 article "The New Abortion Providers" to Truman Capote, who has actually been dead since 1984. It says so right on the plaque. So what's the deal, Google? Why you trying to get my hopes up about zombie Capote coming back to life?Read on...
Siri’s Abortion Blindspot Fixed Perhaps a Little Too Well
For the one of you out there who might not get it (no, no, not you) I'm just going to come out and say this is a total joke. But man, is it ever a good one. In light of Siri's inability to find abortion clinics (later revealed to be because most "abortion clinics" don't go by that name) the folks at Happy Place imagined up a gleefully insane world in which Siri is constantly pushing everyone to get an abortion. In Fake Siri's defense though, she makes some pretty good points. Clear, 57 degree days are terrific abortion weather.Read on...
“Abortion” Is Now the Second Search Result for “Murder,” Due to Apparent Googlebomb
Googlebombing is the practice of gaming Google search results by systematically coordinating links from a number of sites to a given webpage to bump up its ranking within a given Google search, defined by the anchor text. For instance, if a lot of people put the link <a href="http://www.wafflehouse.com/">carrots</a> on their webpages (which would appear as carrots), then if they managed to slip past Google's filters to prevent such abuse, the Waffle House webpage could rank highly in a Google search for "carrots." Though people have all sorts of reasons to coordinate Googlebombs -- for business, for humor, for competition -- many in the past have been historical in nature: One of the most famous involved pushing George W. Bush's White House webpage to the #1 search spot for "miserable failure." That looks like what's going on here: If you Google "murder," the Wikipedia page for "abortion" is the #2 result. As Boing Boing puts it, "However you feel about abortion, this Wikipedia page is pretty clearly not the second-most relevant document regarding murder on the entire English-speaking World Wide Web." Google has become more zealous about this sort of thing than they were in the "miserable failure" days: Semi-relatedly, they recently announced that they were taking action against so-called content farms to improve search results. It wouldn't be a surprise if this result changed fairly quickly, but it's still surprising that a Google result that gets more than 13 million searches every month is still subject to apparent manipulation. (via Boing Boing)Read on...