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Posted by Bill Haenel on 31-Jan-09

So I noticed that one of the hotter items being searched on Google this morning is the phrase, "warning visiting this web site may harm your computer!"

As I felt that this was sort of an odd search phrase to become so hot so fast, I thought I'd look into it a bit with a Google News search. It seems that while I was not paying attention (must have been busy living or something silly like that) Google accidentally blacklisted the entire internet.

This big oops is certainly forgivable, and just in case you work for Google, don't worry, you needn't phone me to apologize personally. I forgive you already.

In the mean time, the part that I found most laughable was the difference in the way this accident was perceived by different folks out there online.

tgaily.com, was nice enough to help us understand what was going on by posting images of what this Google blacklisting looked like.

The Guardian reported on the 5 W's, as any good journalistic agency should, and also provided an interesting financial impact tidbit, saying that "one expert" estimates the monetary loss to be around $2 - 3 million. They also helped me understand how folks in CA might have started their day today when the news broke.

By far, the most interesting article I read this morning about Google's Blacklist Mayhem and "site may harm your computer" Adventures, came from American Thinker, at americanthinker.com. Their headline read as follows:

"Google Blocks Conservative Websites"

Really?

I could be way off base, and please, if I am, and if you're with American Thinker (I hope we can do some better thinking than this, fellow Americans, really), please feel free to correct me, but doesn't this reaction seem just a little, well, crackpot, to you?


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