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Google copies Microsoft

I did run the following experiment. I asked my fellow coworkers to search Google for bunga bunga and click on any result. In reality, by using a custom Internet Explorer build, all the clicks they made were manipulated artificially to point to a well known URL.

The result is amazing! In 9% of the cases these massive clicks (we are talking about tens of thousand of employees clicking on bunga bunga!) were enough to alter Google search behavior.

Before vs. after.

GoogleOne        GoogleTwo

Google is using Microsoft employees clicks to improve their search results! We must conclude that clearly Google doesn’t have enough resources to pull good results of their own without withdrawing from MS resources. Therefore Google is copying Microsoft.

I am sorry if you cannot repeat the experiment since to successfully repeat it you need a custom version of Internet Explorer 9 which I cannot redistribute since it contains relevant IP, and you need also to have your network IP address registered with the Microsoft CorpNet in order to pull the stunt. But I think I will make you more than happy by providing the incriminating screenshots.

Thanks, have fun

The tone of this post is totally sarcastic. The experiment never took place in reality.

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Commenti (6):
1. Giuseppe
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 6:33 PM - IE 9.0 Windows 7
   

Paperino, sei un genio

   
2. Giuseppe
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 6:33 PM - IE 9.0 Windows 7
   

Whoops sorry about the italian comment in the English Version

   
3. floo
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 6:43 PM - firefox 4.0 Windows 7
   

you need a custom version of Internet Explorer 9

Have you modified and recompiled a build of IE9 for the experiment? However, anybody (if knows how to do) can try building a Firefox 4 compilation ad-hoc to do this experiment.

The experiment shows clearly that it's pretty easy to fool a search engine, modifying his behavior. Google fooled Microsoft, Microsoft can fool Google. Anybody can fool any search engine, in short terms. This can dismantle charges for copycat by Microsoft from Google.

PS: has Steven participated in the experiment, Donald?

   
4. Paperino
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 6:56 PM - chrome 8.0.552.237 Windows 7
   

Steven participated in the experiment, Donald?

Yes, but only after I explained to him personally that 9% of random participants would win a mortadella sandwich as well.

PS. The experiment story is just a sarcastic joke, it never happened in reality (really? The mystery remains)

   
5. il nonno
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 7:03 PM - firefox 3.6.13 Windows 7
   

BTW, on a russian site there's a leak of the custom IE9 build used in the experiment

   
6. floo
venerdì 4 febbraio 2011 alle 7:43 PM - firefox 4.0 Windows 7
   

The experiment story is just a sarcastic joke, it never happened in reality

I thought that, not thousands of developers, but at least a dozen of them have helped you with the experiment.

BTW, on a russian site there's a leak of the custom IE9 build used in the experiment

Has Wzor already got the build?

   
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