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Velhym
09-12-2008, 11:31 AM
Probe into how Google mix-up caused $1 billion run on United - Times Online (http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4742147.ece)

Cynocide
09-12-2008, 11:33 AM
lol...Google just wtfpwned UA

thedrawrf
09-12-2008, 11:36 AM
Further proof that that without the internet, the drama llama would have nothing to eat.

Sharlos
09-12-2008, 11:18 PM
lol@ all the idiots blaming google for their stupidity.

Lore
09-12-2008, 11:25 PM
It's an interesting conundrum. Yeah, people should double check stuff like this, and the news site should have had the date more obvious... but when a high-profile site like Google digs it up and links it as "breaking news", you've got to expect that the average member of the population is just going to see "Google says UA is going bankrupt" and flip out.

Klimpen
09-12-2008, 11:39 PM
gg.

Ciderhelm
09-12-2008, 11:47 PM
It's an interesting conundrum. Yeah, people should double check stuff like this, and the news site should have had the date more obvious... but when a high-profile site like Google digs it up and links it as "breaking news", you've got to expect that the average member of the population is just going to see "Google says UA is going bankrupt" and flip out.

This is basically it. If you're a stock owner and you see news saying the company you've invested in may be declaring bankruptcy, your #1 priority is to get money out before other people do. Google may have done this mistakenly, but Google is responsible.

Sharlos
09-13-2008, 06:05 AM
This is basically it. If you're a stock owner and you see news saying the company you've invested in may be declaring bankruptcy, your #1 priority is to get money out before other people do. Google may have done this mistakenly, but Google is responsible.

well i'd first check if its credible news

thedrawrf
09-13-2008, 07:34 AM
well i'd first check if its credible news

Exactly. You don't make a decision like that from looking at bloody google. Google may be semi responsible, but people need to think alittle more, too.

Satrina
09-13-2008, 08:26 AM
Personal responsibility is a dying concept, sadly.

Velhym
09-13-2008, 09:42 AM
Here's the thing though. If all Google does is link to other articles, in this case the Chicago Times/Tribune/whatever it was, doesn't that make it the fault of the original article provider for
1) Leaving full dates out of their articles
and
2) having a website where a several year old article could become "Most Popular" based on a single viewing at the right time of the day