Comments: Wikipedia as Google-Weapon

Well, it's not just Wikipedia. There's a general moment of, shall I call it, Search Engine Oblectation, when you realize that a target article is suddenly ranked #1 in Google. (I reached this personal moment 4 years ago.)

There's also the regular mis-labelling of this as "GoogleBombing" (see
latest example). I'd say googlebombing is when you get a search result in a way Google hadn't probably intended (good ol' miserable failure): you've "conquered" mighty Google, at least temporarily. But getting a search result in a conventional fashion doesn't involve the same level of hack.

It's like timing a traffic light signal that you regularly pass. Yes, it feels pretty cool when you've figured out the timing, and can adjust your driving accordingly. That euphoria lasts until you realize that others may have figured it out as well.

Posted by Jon Garfunkel at April 27, 2008 12:58 PM