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Is Google biased against God?

April 21, 2011

Is Google Biased against God?
– Religious Groups Fight Back
By Oregon Christian Post,

A quick, simple search with the word, “God” on the popular Google website, gave me many suggestions (in the suggestion bar); however none of them refer to the creator of life as you would expect.

Instead, the first suggestion is Godaddy.com, a website that allows you to purchase domain names online. Next, it refers you to “God of War,” a popular video game. Finally, how could you leave out Godiva, an essential for chocolate enthusiasts.

Google Instant Feature works by finding the most popular search terms and populating your search box with the suggestion. If you are doing a search for the term God, you will be disappointed as it will likely not automatically show up. The only way to really search for “God” with this new feature is to hit the search button.

In a world of technology, this raises the question — do search engines provide too much information? It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the abundance of information provided when using a search engine. To help offset that, many religious organizations are using a different type of site, specifically designed to provide information consistent with their religion. SeekFind, a Christian based search engine only returns results that are consistent with the Bible. In addition to SeekFind, there is also Jewogle for Jews and I’mHalal, a Muslim search engine.

While designed to use search engines that meet religious standards, the new search engines are not only reserved for religion based web surfing. A search of the term “politcs” at the I’mHalal site suggested links to CNN, Fox, politics.com, and wikipedia.com to name a few. However, a search for “gay marriage” would turn up results arguing against gay marriage. Users of these new websites believe this is a better way to safely use the internet and avoid explicit content. This year, I’mHalal alone has proven to be successful generating 10 million users a month. One thing is sure, with that type of response, new religious search engines have created more than a ‘niche’ in today’s social networking market.

Postscript: Since this article was written a few weeks ago, I noticed that a “god” search search revealed new suggestions such as “Godzilla” now ranks above God.

  
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Steve April 21, 2011

No… Google works based on pretty straightforward algorithms that detect what searches are most likely going to result from the letters you’ve typed in. More people are looking for Godiva on Google than God. Maybe it’s really that most people aren’t bothering to Google God, since there are other more clearly delineated ways in which people would go about searching for God in the first place. Or maybe it’s that, in the end, while Google may not be biased against God, most people searching are simply not as interested! I would suggest though to the religious search engines, that if the goal on topics like gay marriage is simply to stop presenting the viewpoint of the other side, perhaps you’re not enhancing your searches so much as you are sticking your heads in the sand.

Rev. Morrigan April 21, 2011

You also need to consider that ‘God’ is only 3 letters long, so any search engine would be programmed to consider it a partial word. Google is a world wide search engine. Please consider what a true search of the word ‘God’ would bring up in a world wide forum. You may be surprised to find less people giving you the defention of ‘God’ that you expect, and more people asking which God you want to know about, for there are many.

Glen Naughty April 21, 2011

i’d say scumbag “Big Daddy” Bob Parsons from GoDaddy.com, (a killer of God’s noble & majestic elephant mind) r trying 2 block Christians, Muslims & Jews from access 2 their Lord God on the Internet. GoDaddy.com pay communist Chinese owned & operated Google so they can proclaim themselves King of Kings.

Most damaging though is Bob Parsons is friends with Glenn Beck ha ha (GB or should i say G.E) made in China folks

GuN

Alex Blaze April 22, 2011

You got Google Instant mixed up with the auto-fill. Auto-fill always assumes that you’ve put in an incomplete search so it suggests longer words and phrases.

I just googled “god” and the first page is wikipedia’s entry on god, followed by god.com, a “site offers information about God and direction in finding Him,” followed by the Catholic Encyclopedia’s entry, etc.

In fact, Google was the site that directed me here, and I’ll probably never stumble on this page again.

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