Chris Essig

Walkthroughs, tips and tricks from a data journalist in eastern Iowa

Google Fast Flip irony

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I met to post this sooner but didn’t. Anyways, on Monday I posted about the new “Fast Flip” tool on Google News that allows users to surf the news using a flip-book style navigation system. Instead of just text, the new tool allows users to flip through pictures of articles as they appear on their publication’s web site. Well, a controversy soon popped up. On Monday morning, just days after the tool was added to Google News, it was revealed that “Fast Flip” was showing a picture of a topless model in its “most viewed” section. SearchEngineLand reported on it Monday morning and by the afternoon, the article was gone. But later that night, when I was searching Google News I noticed the SearchEngineLand article itself was now being shown in the “most viewed” section of the site. So while Google managed to delete the topless model from it’s “most viewed” section, an article about the topless model being in Google’s “most viewed section” was now being shown in Google’s “most viewed section.” Got all of that? Maybe a screenshot would help:

That, folks, is a screen shot of a screen shot…

And that’s my ironic post of the week.

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Written by csessig

January 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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