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Are You on Google’s Secret List?

Google loves white supremist 
Stormfront.org is not on Google’s secret list

Spurred by Bacchus’s comment in the previous post, I’ve typed a few names into Google’s search box to see how/if they auto fill:

[comstock films]
No autofill to comstock films, but it does autofill to [comstock films podcast]. Presumably Google feels safe autofilling [comstock films podcast] because that delivers a bunch of “safe” domains as top results, where as [comstock films] delivers comstockfilms.com as a top result.

[tony comstock]
Nope, that doesn’t autofill, I guess because that delivers comstockfilms.com as a top result.

[violet blue]
[violet blue] autofills out to several things, but not to just plain old [violet blue], presumably because the top result for [violet blue] is tinynibbles.com

[john stagliano]
Again, this autofills out to several search strings, but not to just [john stagliano]. Could this be because buttman.com is the second return on the [john stagliano] search? Maybe Matt Cutts can fill us in?

[peggy comstock]
Now this one autofills at [peggy com]. But there’s nothing potentially “objectionable” in the top returns.

[vivid video]
Like [violet blue], [comstock films], and [john stagliano], it autofills out past the sorter search string to suggest longer search strings that deliver less “objectionable” websites. (If you think websites offering bit torrents of copyrighted material are less objectionable that the website of the copyright holder. Maybe we can get Cory Doctorow’s opinion on this one?)

Now I wouldn’t say this proves anything. I would say it suggests that maybe (maybe) there’s a list of “objectionable” websites down at the Googleplex, and that they’ve put some effort into making sure that those “objectionable” websites don’t end up in the returns in their Google Suggests product.

And oh, one more string. Let’s see how it autofills

[stormfront]
s t o r m f.. and thanks for the suggestion, Google. [stormfront], right at the top of the Google’s suggestions. And the first return? stormfront.org, of course. What did you think it was going to be?

Three guesses why Google is okay with search suggestions that deliver stormfront.org as a first return, but can’t bear to make suggestions that return tinynibbles.com or comstockfilms.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I was inspired by Bacchus’s September article and wrote about this for Good Vibrations. It appears that Good Vibes Berkeley shows up, and this could largely be credited to our Berkeley store Yelp.com reviews. For whatever reason, Berkeley GV does really well for searches and SEO. It’s a strange, often unfair, sex world.

    http://magazine.goodvibes.com/2008/09/22/sex-offender-google/

    Your Tweets about who’s on the list (Nina Hartley!) and who’s not (Carol Queen) are fascinating. Thanks for blogging Tony!

  2. twit.head
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    followed the link here from twitter.
    what is up with the White Pride button?
    kind of freaked my shit out.
    just thought it needed to be said.

  3. tony
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    The white pride graphic is from stormfront.org, a racist site that google is happy to autofill in it’s Google Suggests… feature.

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