Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Possible reasons Google Flu Tracker didn't pick up Swine Flu

By J. Thomas Duffy

News Item: Google flu tracker had trouble with latest virus

10. Having to accommodate Michelle Bachmann likely stressed the calculations

9. Coordinates, and program, set to track only a very, very small, very particular section of Palo Alto

8. It was in Beta Mode, Invitation Only

7. Had to throw out thousands of searches, from South Bend, Indiana, wishing Swine Flu on President Obama

6. Got sidetracked, tracking Arlen Specter's defection to Democratic Party

5. Couldn't decide , like it's cool logo, on the color palette for "Swine Flu"

4. An unusually high number of "I'm Feeling Lucky" Swine Flu searches skewed results of program

3. Because of Swine Flu, Google shut down its' bus services, so workers couldn't get in to read results

2. Got confused when they started calling it the "H1N1 virus."

1. Wasted weeks trying to find Swine Flu on Google Earth

(Cross Posted at The Garlic)

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  • Hey J. Duffy,
    This top ten list is awesome. I had a bunch of friends who rode the Google bus and they all raved about it. It's a lot better tan the city bus that I ride everyday. Here in San Diego we have a lot of wine flu scares. It's so bad that I see people wearing face mask, they look ridiculous. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

    By Blogger Vincetastic, at 3:38 AM  

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