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Unexpected News Via Google

July 27, 2010

How does Google decide what's news? Google "Accounting Error" under "Web", and the spreadsheet joke that I blogged this morning appears as the fourth and fifth search result, under the heading News for "Accounting Error". Google the same words under "News", and it becomes the first entry. I suppose it's because I used the phrase "diplomatic visit" plus some reasonably recent famous names: Mother Teresa, Pol Pot, Milošević; and perhaps even Turing, and Morecambe and Wise (I could, after all, have been writing about intellectual-property rights in the media, or some such). Anyway, Google, I claim my free prize for subverting your news-recognition algorithm.

I also wonder whether the piece you are now reading will itself become news. Could Google–news-spoofing become the new Googlewhack?

 


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