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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