"Out of sight, out of mind" - translated into Russian and then back into English, the idiom turns into "invisible lunatics." That also describes The People's Cube's search results in Google.
Dear comrades at Google:
At some point, quite recently, our popular site "The People's Cube" (ThePeoplesCube.com) was purged from Google search results. MSN , Yahoo and other search engines still have it - but Google has erased/blocked any link to the site in its database. One can still find links to us from other sites - but not even one from Google to ThePeoplesCube.com. We tried American, French, German, British, Australian, and Russian versions of Google - they used to give us traffic only a few days ago - but all we got was the same line in various languages: Sorry, no information is available for the URL thepeoplescube.com. And if we clicked on Find web pages from the site thepeoplescube.com we got Your search - site:thepeoplescube.com - did not match any documents.
The first time we saw this line it was written in Chinese. We used to look up The People's Cube for fun in the communist-censored Google China only weeks ago - and reported it on our site in a story called Google's Great Leap Forward. Of course our site was blocked by the Chinese government, with Google's consent, along with legions of other Western sites - but we couldn't imagine that only a few weeks later we would get the same results in English. The last time we checked we still lived in the United States - not China - but hey, whoever controls the information is the boss.
If it were a glitch in an algorithm it might throw our rankings back to the end of the line - but this is a total removal. We suspect it is also a deliberate removal - much in the spirit of 1984-style historical revisionism - removal of a "people's enemy" from life and history. Sergei Brin's Russian parents might tell him stories of people in Stalinist Russia disappearing, along with all their pictures and records. "Out of sight, out of mind" - translated into Russian and then back into English, the idiom turns into "invisible lunatics." That also describes The People's Cube's search results in Google.
We can only think of three reasons for this:
You tell me which one it is.
The People's Cube is a business corporation selling products on the Internet. A drop in traffic, caused by a malicious tempering with search results, has affected sales and that gives us grounds for you-know-what.
We'll start by posting this letter on our site and wait for your reply. We'll gladly drop the matter and similarly drop this post into the "memory hole" if we get a quick response from you and our high rankings in Google get immediately restored. An apology would be nice as well.
If you can, we'd appreciate if you pass the following word to our former compatriot Sergei Brin: "Seriozhka, konchai duraka valat' - bylo vremia kogda my toboi gordilis'!" (Sergie, stop making a fool out of yourself, we used to be proud of you!)
Keep the Cube rolling,
Screenshots of search results in Google as of 03/08/06:
Google Home (USA):
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweilwer linked to this story, gave a boost in traffic.
Thanks, Emperor Misha! Google would've never given us the same viewership.
March 12, 2006 - 7pm
Little Green Footbals linked to the story, gave us even more traffic.
March 13, 2006 - 12:30 pm
March 13, 2006 - 12:30 pm
Michelle Malkin linked to the story, gave us even greater traffic than before!
Thanks, Michelle! We love you!
At about 5pm the Google people finally figured out their damage control strategy (apparently upon consulting the Chinese Politburo). A Google engineer Matt Cutts posted on his blog an article displaying previously existing on the Cube invisible keywords and links to a few of my other sites. The keywords were relevant and were placed there only because Google does not factor meta keywords while indexing the pages. The hidden links were so few, they were hardly worth mentioning - especially that about half of them are explicitly displayed on the Cube anyway (Che-Mart, FCBC, CFK, Borat, etc.)
Bingo! That was Google's excuse for removing the Cube! What were the chances of that happening, out of a million sites that are forced to place invisible keywords to compensate for Google's deficiency? An email was sent to LGF and Malkin, demanding a retraction and siting Matt Cutts's blog - without mentioning his affiliation with Google - and that was how LGF posted it, and Malkin and others also easily gave in, accepting their story. It's now official: The People's Cube is a spammer!
Almost simultaneously, "concerned progressive trolls" unfolded a massive offensive on the Cube, flooding the thread with insults, gloating, and accusations most of which had been deleted - but some of them were kept for historical reference. Their major point was the "blatant malicious spamming with which I harmed the Internet and - oh no! - Google itself." From their tone one might think that I sided with a murderous dictatorship to make money on suppressing freedoms of a billion of people. Or was that Google that did that? It's unforgivable what the powerful overlord Red Square had done to a small, defenseless, and progressive search engine that could.
Apparently that is what Google calls customer service. They must have learned it in Beijing. There were seemingly unaffiliated volunteers as well. Let's just say that one of them started calling my web design customers (using the numbers he found on their websites) and telling them that due to their affiliation with the People's Cube their URLs would be removed from all search engines - unless they paid him $200 to prevent that. He also sent them emails. Here's one that my customer and friend forwarded to me:
After having done that, this concerned progressive citizen (who represents a Bush-bashing file-sharing website under the slogan "To promote freedom and fight fascism") returned to the Cube to insult me and gloat a bit more, stating that my behavior sickened him. I don't know what's scarier, the character of these "concerned citizens" or the fact that LGF, Malkin, and some others so easily accepted their line about Google being the good guy and I'm the evil, malicious spammer who deserves to have the People's Cube to be booted from the internet.
That's customer relations Google-style. They work, for now. I haven't received any response from Google in my mailbox yet.
March 14, 2006 - 3:00pm
Laika the Space Dog writes a song Google Über Alles - you can now sing along to the inspiring music of world domination here >> (turn on your speakers - all the way!)
March 14, 2006 9:pm
Days after a few people had forwarded me Google's responses to their requests regarding The Cube, Google finally sent me a measured response that reads as if it was written by a lawyer: "While we cannot comment on the individual reasons your page was removed, we'd like to assure you that we do not alter our search results based on political viewpoint or ideology." But "the individual reasons" is the key to understanding the whole removal business. The devil is in the details, comrades!
March 17, 2006
Google restores The Cube in its index, as quietly as it had removed it. The page rank is not what it used to be, but if natural algorithms are allowed to run their course The Cube will be up at the top of search results as before.
We have also learned that "Google Inc.'s mysterious methods for ranking Web sites came under attack Friday in a lawsuit accusing the online search engine leader of ruining scores of Internet businesses that have been wrongfully banished from its index."
Ironically, government interference in running private businesses is the extension of "progressive" policies that Google's creators and their advisor Al Gore are currently promoting. If the lawsuit results in the government forcing Google to change the way it runs business, I hope the taste of their own medicine will bring Brin and Page to their senses and they'll think a little harder about what's progressive and what's not.
Che Baabaabooieactually i found references to the People's Cube on Google. I typed "The People's Cube."
Quote:I have found one search that'll take you to The People's Cube. If you go to Google Image search and search for the image - peoples cube - (not - people's cube - won't work with the apostrophe) one of the returns is Groupthink :: The People's Cube. This will take you to The People's Cube. Someone there at Google must have missed that one.
Quote:Now, let's put accusations of conspiracy-mongering aside and accept the fact that Google is a very Left-leaning organization. We know that, employee by employee, 98% of the 2004 campaign donations from the people that comprise Google went to Democrats. We know that Google Ads preferentially lists Democrat advertisements. We know that Google is willing to roll over for China and help them censor dissident websites but will fight tooth and nail against America's Federal Government in providing information to help combat terrorism. We know that Google News uses extreme (i.e. violent) Left-wing sites such as Electronic Intifata as newsfeed sources.
Quote:Not that it ought to come as a surprise to anyone. Google is the same company, after all, that decided to roll over for the Butchers in Beijing and help the communist clownshoes oppress their people by filtering the ChiCom version of Google to eradicate criticism of the regime, all for an undisclosed number of silver pieces.
Paul KurgmanChange the name to "The People Scuba", and limit the content to the economics of scuba diving. Basically, there would be only one article: Scuba divers should pay more taxes. But its educational value would draw enough readers to make Google notice.
Quote:- Google changes name to Gulagoogle
CrapburnerCame over from Nice Doggie....
Quote:I used to love Google. Southerners loved Slavery but we got over that too!
Quote:NEW YORK - Former president Bill Clinton on Monday helped launch a new Internet search company backed by the Chinese government which says its technology uses artificial intelligence to produce better results than Google Inc.
Satisfied CustomerAt least we can still access NAMBLA ad nauseum from google's search engine.
Quote:Welcome to NAMBLA's Home Page
tylerhallGood job blaming Google when it was really your own fault. Here is the proof you requested showing the hidden text on your website.
Quote:1- Removing [invisible keywords] still is depriving the users of this information when searching Google for related info.
Quote:Now, why would they do that, hm?
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