Climategate Emails Search Count Drops
Posted by Jeff Id on January 10, 2010
Please be careful with this post, it seems that only the search estimate may have changed. It may also be that the preferred articles have changed but we can’t tell without study. I’ve changed the title from past experience so people who don’t read the article don’t get the wrong idea.
At this point, there is no evidence that google mislaid anything.
Can anyone find any example of a site Bing finds that Google doesn’t? If not, I may just delete this post because the estimated number is not the same as the actual search. So far, I’ve had no luck.
When I first heard about this, I didn’t think much of it. Dr. Leonard Weinstein formerly of NASA pointed out that Google seemed to be loosing links to climategate at a tremendous rate. He wrote early this morning to point out that Googles tens of millions of links were shrinking rapidly. Of course websites on climategate may go off line over time which would explain some of the change, but we’ve lost a minimum of 2o million sites in the last few days and it’s more likely to have been 50 million.
This morning Leonard Weinstein said the total number of found sites for the term “climategate” had dropped below 3 million. When I searched Google on climategate myself – hours later – I got only 2.2 million hits compared with 50 million from Bing and 30 million from Yahoo. What’s more, about 1 in 5 times I got 2.22 millon or 20,000 more sites – a rounding error – Figure 1.
Later this afternoon, Google dropped again to 2.19 million links for climategate.
I noted that Anthony Watts had them at 10 million very early in the climate gate process here:
But Figure 3 isn’t proof of any untowardness in progress. Unfortunately there is other evidence, the Holland version of Google has over one million more links than the US.
The final nail in Googles cheating coffin is the Germany site. Germany has failed to delete the links to climategate at the same rate as the rest.
21,500,000 sites still active!!
“Don’t be evil” is the informal corporate motto (or slogan) of Google, originally suggested by Google employees Paul Buchheit and Amit Patel at a meeting. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, said he “wanted something that, once you put it in there, would be hard to take out,” adding that the slogan was “also a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent.”
“Don’t be evil” is said to recognize that large corporations often maximize short-term profits with actions that destroy long-term brand image and competitive position. Supposedly, by instilling a Don’t Be Evil culture the corporation establishes a baseline for decision making that can enhance the trust and image of the corporation that outweighs short-term gains from violating the Don’t Be Evil principles.
While many companies have ethical codes to govern their conduct, Google claims to have made “Don’t Be Evil” a central pillar of their identity, and part of their self-proclaimed core values. In 2006, when Google declared their self-censorship move into China, their “Don’t be evil” motto was somewhat replaced with an “evil scale” balancing system, allowing smaller evils for a greater good, as explained by CEO Eric Schmidt at the time.
And to finish this whole story, Google, my very #1 favorite search engine has decided to crawl under the sheets with GE. My personal least favorite, and one of the top ten most politically corrupting global companies. Some details of this deal were revealed at this link here:
H/T Olda K.
Links are Googles business, links are money, links are the power of the search engine. When a company visibly cut’s it’s lifeblood for one product, another has more appeal. The truth is under attack again, this time by young leftists with the motto – don’t be evil. Are we seeing a pattern yet?
Update: H/T Geoff Sherrington
Geoff Sherrington said
From google.som.au (the Australian branch). There is an option to search the world or search Australian pages.
World hits then the Australian pages hits:
Climategate 2,960,000 20,300,000 (yes, the order is not reversed).
Climategate tAV 26,700 2,500,000
Air vent 9,930,000 1,470,000 (might including plumbing)
Climateaudit.org 548,000 574,000
What’s Up With That? 177,000,000 177,000,000