Google Search For ‘Completely Wrong’ Turn Up Mitt Romney Photos

Google Search For 'Completely Wrong' Turn Up Mitt Romney PhotosTo the amusement of Mitt Romney’s critics, a Google Image search for the phrase “completely wrong” on Wednesday returned a page nearly full of images of the Republican presidential candidate.

‘Normal Google Analytics’

A Google spokesman said the gallery of photos is the unintentional result of normal Google analytics, which produce images associated with popular phrases in news headlines and search terms, and not the result of any effort to skew the results.

In this case, Google’s algorithms picked up on news coverage of Romney saying last week he was “completely wrong” when he made controversial statements last spring that 47% of Americans were “victims” and dependent on government. Romney took some political heat for the original comments, which were captured by a hidden camera at a private fundraiser in May and made public last month.

‘Google Bombs’

The episode recalls past examples of “Google bombs,” or intentionally skewed Internet search results, for politicians’ names. In perhaps the most famous case, pranksters in the mid-2000s created large numbers of links that caused Google to reference President George W. Bush (and later President Barack Obama) in response to searches for “miserable failure.” Google later tweaked its analytics to discourage the practice.

Google says it tries not to handle strange search results on case-by-case, opting instead for making improvements to the search algorithms themselves.

Were you amused by this strange Google search results linked to Mitt Romney? Are you going to vote for him this coming election? Feel free to tell us what you think of his political platforms and this recent “Google bomb!”

Source: CNN

Image: Mashable

Pakistani Politician Rally Draws Thousands

Thousands of supporters rallied Sunday behind cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, who said he wanted to root out corruption and ensure rich and poor alike prosper in Pakistan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party rallied in Karachi, where Khan, 59, said he wanted to make economic and tax reforms.

Standing with him amid party banners and Pakistani flags were career politicians who recently switched to Khan’s party.  Speaking in cricket terms, Khan said, “One more wicket fell today — as Pakistan People’s Party member Sardar Assef Ahmed has joined the PTI.” Ahmed is a former minister of education. Khan said if elected prime minister next year, he would bring a team that would help transform Pakistan into a welfare state and ensure equality.

Khan also is an opponent of U.S. drone strikes in his country. The opposition politician also spoke of agricultural reforms, promising free seeds and discounted fertilizer for farmers. Khan said a Chinese company wanted to bring a $19 billion dollar investment to Pakistan, but did not because of concerns over security.

Although he appears to be gaining traction, Khan’s party has seen little success in the past. During previous parliamentary elections, Khan’s party failed to win any seats; many within the country have referred to him as a man who changes positions.

Pakistan’s next national elections are in 2013.