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Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings 115

Posted by Soulskill
from the play-nice-with-the-internets dept.
theodp writes "After being punished by Google for manipulative SEO tactics, a contrite Rap Genius says it's back in Google's good graces. 'It takes a few days for things to return to normal, but we're officially back!' reads a post by the Rap Genius founders. 'First of all, we owe a big thanks to Google for being fair and transparent and allowing us back onto their results pages. We overstepped, and we deserved to get smacked.' Rap Genius credits some clever trackback scraping programming for its quick redemption, but a skeptic might suggest it probably didn't hurt that Rap Genius' biggest investor, Andreessen Horowitz, is tight with Google."
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Rap Genius Returns To Google Search Rankings

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  • Slashdot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CheezburgerBrown . (3417019) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @04:12PM (#45866659)

    Delete this stupid article and smack whoever posted it. what a load of useless shit.

  • Re:Google .... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 04, 2014 @04:18PM (#45866689)
    I'm up for joining your startup to build a better search engine. You obviously have some clever ideas on how to do it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 04, 2014 @04:31PM (#45866763)

    I've been in the computing industry since the 1970s. I've seen trends come, and I've seen trends go. I've seen people come, I've seen people go. I've seen companies come, I've seen companies go. I've seen technologies come, I've seen technologies go.

    But over these several decades of experience, the worst, and I mean the very worst, people I've ever had to deal with are the hipsters that have weaseled their way in since 2008 or so. They've advocated for some of the worst technologies we've ever seen (JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, NoSQL), while engaging in some of the ugliest business and social practices (collecting and selling huge amounts of private information, "lifestyle businesses", scummy SEO tactics).

    They aren't contained just to industry, either. They've got their rotten tentacles into open source projects, too. They've almost single-handedly destroyed GNOME 3 at this point. Firefox is not far behind. And their obsession with git (and GitHub) has basically destroyed the practice of proper releases, especially of libraries.

    We need to shun these people. Anyone hiring in industry should avoid them at all costs. Anyone working on open source projects should refuse to let them contribute. While open source projects are often in desperate need of help, this is surely not the kind of help that is needed. We don't need hipsters involved with software development of any type.

  • Re:Rap "Genius"? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 04, 2014 @04:58PM (#45866881)

    That is about as bigoted as, "Geeks are people that have no social skills, yet still insist on pushing their electronic 'tools' on people. It is hardly possible to be more arrogant and incompetent as a human."

    I don't particularly enjoy rap, but it is evidently a musical form, and - just as with any art - doing it badly is easy, but doing it well is hard.

  • by BringsApples (3418089) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @05:37PM (#45867081)
    I didn't RTFA I didn't even finish reading the whole summary. This is stupid advertizing. This makes me feel like looking for other news outlets...

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