One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An attempt to make a search term return a website for an unexpected person or organization when entered in a search engine (typically for satirical or humorous purposes) by the creation of numerous links to that website from pages including the search term.
- ‘A Google bomb works by putting up hundreds of links to a particular URL and naming it after the search term that people type into the Google search engine.’
- ‘In order for the googlebomb to work, many independent bloggers have to conclude that a given googlebomb is relevant to his/her readership.’
- ‘I don't think she ever banned anyone, although the sysadmin did edit some posts in fear of a Google bomb.’
- ‘Some Google bombs are carried off in the spirit of political pranks.’
- ‘The problem with search engines getting high Google rankings, and the problem with Google bombs, is that they are a response to the success of Google.’
- ‘News of the death of the Google bomb is greatly exaggerated.’
- ‘Congratulations to Anthony, for inadvertently finding a Googlebomb of mass hilarity.’
- ‘Googlebombs are certainly not a new phenomenon; in fact, in 2005 Google had released a statement dismissing the prank.’
- ‘Deconstructing Google bombs: A breach of symbolic power or just a goofy prank?’
- ‘I knew that I'd seen this particular Google bomb before, but couldn't recall where.’
- ‘A google bomb is a method for exploiting a loophole in Google's page ranking algorithm so that a particular web page appears at the top of Google rankings whenever a certain word or phrase is searched on.’
- ‘Other result-distorting Google bombs have involved corporations, religious groups, and private individuals.’
- ‘At the same time, hundreds of Internet users are working on a "Google bomb" to embarrass the company.’
- ‘Typically Google bombs don't affect people looking for information.’
- ‘That Brandt had created this Googlebomb is no secret: he described how he did it in public forums, noting its progress.’
- ‘They're proud of this, and they brag about their capacity to game Google with Googlebombs and other search-skewing play.’
Early 21st century: from Google, the proprietary name of a popular Internet search engine, + bomb.
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