Google: You're Really Dead, Really

Mar 25, 2013 • 8:39 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Knowledge Graph DeadSeems as if Amy Wilentz came back to life after Google's knowledge graph confirmed she was dead.

This is not the first person Google put 6 feet under. We had it before with Madhav Prasad Ghimire but that case was more of a mystery. This one, kind of black and white.

The issue with Amy was that her Wikipedia page did mention the death of her father, which was used mistakenly by Google's Knowledge graph. She is really 58 years old, living in NYC born on September 1, 1954. So she is fine.

It is a good thing Google's knowledge graph can't really kill someone or can it?

Matt Cutts of Google commented at a Hacker News thread saying:

I believe this has been fixed for a while now. It was fixed by the time I reported this over a week ago, for example.

If you see an error in a Knowledge Panel (the box on the right-hand side), look for the "Feedback / More info" link at the bottom of the box and then you can click next to a fact to report a problem. People do review those reports, and that's the fastest way to report an issue.

Forum discussion at Hacker News.

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03/25/2013 03:18 pm

Does wikipedia have an arangement with Google to allow the scraping of their articles to populate the knowledge graph?


03/25/2013 03:25 pm

wikipedia allow everybody to reprint their articles (scrape it or use mysql dump file). So google just publishing duplicating content to prevent searchers to click on organic results.

Clay Adams

03/25/2013 08:54 pm

Whether it's a Google death rattle is up in the air. I, however, have really tried to pay attention to these GKG goofs, as they develop the tech, it helps us glean at least a little bit of insight toward the inner workings and their resolutions to such inconsistencies. My guess is user metrics gaining some weight in the near future.


03/26/2013 03:47 am

Google is one of the biggest donors to wikipedia


03/26/2013 08:19 am

Has it ever occured to you that Google might be being helpful to searchers? If I can get info from the knowledge graph it saves me time. WIkiepedia content is free to distribute so they are doing nothing wrong.


03/26/2013 10:22 am

in some cases it surely can be helpful, but for my searches (not as webmaster), I now using all search engines - because lot of authority but un-relevant sites in google now and lot of ads. It really problem now to find what you looking for in google. Google think what know better then me what i looking for and changes/fixes(?) my query or provides vanilla but un-relevant results very often.

Jawad Latif

03/26/2013 10:35 am

Thank God! Wikipedia doesn't know anything about me.

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