Google Deletes Own Blog After Mistaking it for Spam

Aug 9, 2007 • 9:45 am | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Oops. InfoWorld reports that Google has accidentally mistaken its own Custom Search Blog as spam and gave it to another user. The issue was noticed by Philipp Lenssen who saw a rather strange post on the blog with some grammatical mistakes and gross misspellings. After he contacted Google, they reported to him with the following:

Whoops! We accidentally classified ourselves as spam, and our ever-perceptive Blogger settings caught us. The Custom Search Blog has since been restored, and we’re taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen with other Google blogs in the future. Other Blogger users can make sure this doesn’t happen to them by reporting any problems to the Blogger support team via the Blogger Help Center at http://www.blogger.com/problem.g. We can then investigate.

Interesting. WebmasterWorld members think so too.

In fact, someone puts it quite bluntly:

Google's product is so inherently flawed in spotting spam that it even removes their own content.

But some people are actually happy to hear that Google is focusing on these issues.

This is a short-term embarrassment for them from a public image point of view. However it's also revealing in a number of ways about how Google works and what its priorities are.

In any event, it's ironic and mildly entertaining :)

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Carsten Cumbrowski

08/09/2007 07:44 pm

Are they deleting now blogs that quickly? They used to block access to it and show a notification that the blog was flagged as spam, if you tried to access it from the blogger console. Its not funny, if you don't have a spam blog and if no information are provided on that page how to contact them. Now they were able to taste a piece of their own stuff. They had the advantage to have a phone number handy or course :).

JLH

08/09/2007 08:48 pm

Be careful when linking to a Google blog. If blogger thinks they are spam, maybe the search side does as well. You don't want to be in a bad neighborhood.

Samurai

08/10/2007 11:52 am

I just hope they get accidentaly banned from AdSense and cant get re-accepted... to bad they don't use AdSense. v_v

James Burns

09/03/2007 03:41 am

This is the single most funny and ironic situation that I have ever seen! The implications are enormous. I am surprised it wasn't page one everywhere! James

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