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Googlebombing Observation

Originally, a Google search for Barbara Bauer turned up the Writers Beware 20 Worst Agents list at SFWA as page 150-something. In 24 hours, it has moved up about 30 spots, to 120-something. Not bad, but still a ways to go before we hit #1. We'll see what happens as the Google spiders continue to index all of the new links ... links which will hopefully continue to snowball for a little while longer.

And hello, what's this? A Yahoo search for Ms. Bauer now turns up that list as the #5 result. Most search engines follow similar algorithms, so a Google-bomb will actually affect them all. Nice to know, isn't it? :-)

And don't forget the technorati tags, which keep a list of all the BB-related posts. Lots of folks talking about Ms. Bauer these days.

At its core, the Internet is all about communication. Okay, communication and p0rn. But if you're a scammer, your success and survival depends on keeping your victims in the dark. Storming into one of the largest communities of writers on the Internet and making threats ain't the best way to do that. Particularly when your threats lead (either directly or indirectly -- there's some confusion as to the host owner's own motivations) to getting that site shut down.

As I understand it, Ms. Bauer has a habit of sending nasty and/or threatening letters to people who re-post that top-20 list or spread the information around. I see this as a good thing. By the time she starts writing to all of us who have shared that information, she won't have any time left for scamming new writers. Sounds like a win to me :-)

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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 26th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
The pen is mightier than the... [what tool do scammers use?] ...the cell phone!
May. 26th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
...the threatening e-mail?
May. 26th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
As of 3.37 Bangkok time, she's now number 4 on a Yahoo search.

Busy little webbots, busy as can be . . .

May. 26th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh -- very nice. Thanks!
May. 26th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the flood of support is causing some glitches (or it may just be my computer) -- because, whenever I load the tag page, a dialogue box appears saying the search page can no longer be opened and I'm automatically reverted to a "cannot find this site" page. Interesting.
May. 26th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Glad it's not just me. I think it might be a timeout thing. The first time, I can usually get through. If I try again right away, I get the error. Wait a bit and try again -- it should work...once.

I wouldn't think it's the flood causing this, since theoretically, this is exactly what Technorati was built to deal with. But I'm more of a hardware guy than software.
May. 26th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
May. 26th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Brilliant :-)
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