Matt Gray

Google bombing

Mar 21, 2004

If you’re not aware of the SCO Group vs. IBM lawsuit, you should be.

In a nutshell, the SCO group is nothing but a bunch of litigious bastards [], puppets of an abusive monopolist []. SCO is suing IBM for allegedly dumping proprietary code into the Linux operating system, code “owned” by the SCO group.

The details are rather extensive, and I suggest reading Groklaw [] for more information.

The last of my break is slipping away—soon it’s back to work, school, and all that. I’ve got two midterms next week, not to mention the various homeworks I need to do.

Oh, and the title? Google bombing occurs when many people with popular web sites provide links to other sites using a certain phrase. For example. try typing the words ‘miserable failure’ into Google []. Alternatively, you can perform the search by clicking on this link: search Google for ‘miserable failure’ []. Notice anything unusual?

This same tactic was used to bring the humorous weapons of mass destruction [] page to the top of Google’s search results. This is just an example of how power can shift to strange groups of people on the Internet. I, for one, am all for it—though I’d hate to be labelled a miserable failure [].

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