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February 2, 2009

Google Makes A Mistake, Scares Pundits

Google had an error on Saturday morning that flagged every website in search results as being malicious.  Google caught the error and everything was back to normal after about 40 minutes.  The cause was a stray slash in a definition file for malicious sites.  The slash translated into essentially a root and everything that flowed from it.

The fact that Google (or anyone else, for that matter) could make a mistake made for much hand wringing over whether Google is too powerful a company whose every move affects the entire web population.  Google apps may have a downtime of about 15 minutes and all of a sudden the world is ending.  No company wants to perform badly when providing essential services.  Google employees are human.  Regrettable as these events may be, we should come to expect them from time to time.

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I agree that Google employees are human and it's just one mistake, but there are other reasons why Google's domination is problematic. We think that Google's results are the only ones out there that matter; meanwhile, most people don't look past the first page of results. I work for a company called Sweet Search--our team of researchers handpick the best sites. You won't find every site or blog on the Internet, but you'll find reputable ones. Also, we bring forward some great sites that could be buried on page 25 of Google's results.

Posted by: John | Feb 5, 2009 12:45:36 PM

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