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Revenge for IR35

Anyone who does not work in IT or have a friend or relative who does so has probably never heard of IR35. In very rough terms it is a vicious piece of tax legislation which makes life extraordinarily difficult for IT contractors as well as a good deal more expensive. Ask your friendly neighbourhood geek about it, and risk having your ear bent for several hours.

Anyway, returning to better known issues everyone *has* heard of google bombing - the manipulation of links etc so googling 'famous French military victories' then brings up a screen asking if what you had really searched for was French military defeats. Yes, very funny. Or to give greater prominence to a minor story etc etc.

And the connection is this. ABC News in the States is reporting on left leaning bloggers attempting to google bomb Republican candidates, done thus: "Here's how. A liberal activist with the group blog "MyDD.com" is directing his followers to "Google Bomb" 50 Republican candidates in the hopes of swaying votes. For example, if a voter is interested in finding out more information about Rep. John Hostettler, an Indiana Republican, the first thing to come up on a search of his name, according to this strategy, would be an article with the headline "Congressman cited with gun at airport."

I think it would only be right to start the ball rolling with Dawn Primarolo, who had much to do with IR35. Over to you Dizzy.
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Blogger Tim Worstall said... 1:52 pm

Tsk.

We've been doing it for ages over here.

Try putting 'fuckwit' into Google.

That made the Comments pages of The Telegraph even.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:00 pm

Tim - that's me told. However, I was intent on something positioned a little further up the food chain.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:31 pm

Google bombing, is it/

Is this why, when I want a bit a nice porn and I google small tits I always get bloody great big tits.  



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