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OK, I love Amazon normally. But removing the rankings from GLBT books so that they don't appear in search results - even GLBT books with very little sexual content - (while leaving Playboy rankings) is just wrong. So... Googlebomb!

You can help Googlebomb Amazon (if you are interested in a little Internet civil disobedience) by posting this link (note: link itself contains adult concepts): Google Rank. So far, this definition, courtesy of the folks at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, is now the #1 result when you Google "Amazon rank."

Date: 2009-04-13 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleepingfingers.livejournal.com
This is the first time I've seen Googlebomb in use.

Date: 2009-04-13 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stubefied-by-gd.livejournal.com
Did they really do that? For bad reasons? I guess I'm too nice-thinking, because before I understood about searches and just saw they'd taken off rankings, I thought maybe there were mean people going around and ranking all the books really low and so they took away the ranks altogether. Is there anything else un-ranked?

Date: 2009-04-13 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kit-the-brave.livejournal.com
I read the mean people theory online too, because it does seem weird of Amazon to do something like that. The trouble with the mean people theory is that while you can leave a review of a specific book, there's no way for users to rank books low or remove rankings or even complain about a specific book that I can see. Someone suggested that maybe Amazon removes rankings for books that get a lot of complaints, but I can't imagine that, since Ann Coulter, anything Republican/Democratic, etc. probably get a lot of complaints but are also popular.

Here's (http://markprobst.livejournal.com/15293.html) a link to Mark Probst, a YA author whose book got stripped of ranking and who Amazon told it was because "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature." But they seem to be using "adult" to mean GLBT. As of last night, Heather Has Two Mommies didn't have rankings, whereas "Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds" did. Classics like Orlando by Virginia Woolf got the ax, as well as nonfiction books on issues like gays in the military. It's really weird, and I hope we find out more today about what's actually going on.

Date: 2009-04-13 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stubefied-by-gd.livejournal.com
People are so weird. It just boggles my mind. Not even from a censorship-is-bad standpoint, but from a of-all-the-things-to-"protect"-us-from-you-choose-this? standpoint.

Date: 2009-04-14 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stubefied-by-gd.livejournal.com
I'm guessing you've seen the good news that Amazon is fixing this and that there is a good chance it was just a big mistake. Yay!

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