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Does hell mean Microsoft for Google ?

type:"go to hell" Don't remove the double quotes when searching !! and press <i'm feeling lucky> button.

See what is happening.. see what is hell???????     

How does that work ? Just curious, saw this in a mailing list.

Sunish
Friday, September 20, 2002

My apologies if you already are aware of this.

Google takes you to the first page in the results if you press the I'm feeling lucky button.  The first result if you type "go to hell" is www.microsoft.com

As to why this is the first result, you'd probably have to ask google.

Toby Allen
Friday, September 20, 2002

Yes. Ask Google.

I remember earlier Bill Gates and/or Microsoft Corp. came
up if you searched for "More evil than satan himself".

Google said back then, this was a result of how their search algorithm worked, and that the result was purely
coincidental.

This is also purely coincidental I believe ;-)

See http://humorix.org/articles/oct99/ for more details
on the older "More evil..." thing.

Patrik
Friday, September 20, 2002

Google orders sites according to the number of links pointing to the site.

It's probably because there are a lot of links with "Go to Microsoft" around them that Microsoft comes up first for "Go to Hell". If you just search for "Go to" you get similar results.

If you are ever curious how Google works there is a great talk on mp3 by the founder of Google:
http://technetcast.ddj.com/tnc_play_stream.html?stream_id=420

Matthew Lock
Friday, September 20, 2002

or the "go to" from "go to microsoft" and the hell from "dll hell" combined..

Michael H. Pryor
Friday, September 20, 2002

It's persistent.  "Gates of Hell" gives Microsoft as the fourth citation.

Almost Freethinker
Friday, September 20, 2002

"go to hell" appears 16 times in microsoft.com

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=&num=10&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=go+to+hell&as_oq=&as_eq=&lr=&as_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any&as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=microsoft.com&safe=images

Christopher Wells
Friday, September 20, 2002

AOL is 3rd when seraching "got to hell".

pb
Friday, September 20, 2002

Thanks for all your opinion, but I was under the impression Google was smart enough to include all words in the search and I can't find "hell" at microsoft.com. Likewise "go" and "to" are common words which Google doesn't include in a search without quotes.

Sunish
Friday, September 20, 2002

I read Peter Morris' article "On Error Goto Hell"  some years ago and subsequently altered my error coding to incorporate it.  The next step was to use George Carlin's Bit 'Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Limbo"  so I have my own version of "Try, Catch, Fail"

Why do I tell you this?  I found the article on MSDN and I'm feeling chatty.

Brad Siemens
Friday, September 20, 2002

Looks like people are linking www.microsoft.com to the text "go to hell". Check the cache (in google) after the search...

BC
Friday, September 20, 2002

Cache doesn't show anything OMM except a Google error.

pb
Friday, September 20, 2002

Top of the cache: "These terms only appear in links pointing to this page: go to hell"

BC
Saturday, September 21, 2002

I didn't get Microsoft until I put quotes around "go to"

Andrew Turner
Saturday, September 21, 2002

Matthew, two thumbs up - a really great talk !
Thank's a lot.

Evgeny Goldin
Sunday, September 22, 2002

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