Should You Google Breaking News of Michael Jackson’s Death?

Not only in the entertainment industry, Michael Jackson death has been interesting time to observe Google results and social media reaction.

Ars Technica, reports that News sites, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes and even Google were crushed by the massive and sudden spike if traffic. Between 6,000 to 13,000 tweets per minute were observed informing MJ’s sudden death.

Google was so surprised to see such a huge search for death of MJ that it misunderstood it for automated attack. As a result, visitors on Google News readers saw “We’re sorry” page for half an hour for any news related to MJ.


The worst case is Google answering queries based on Wikipedia. Brand Google is so trustable but it choose to rely on user editable Wiki. According to Google, Michael Jackson died in 2007 as depicted by following picture.


Pathetically, people are misusing this news for spreading malicious spam. Websense security labs alert users to stay away from emails regarding death videos of Michael Jackson. You can view the full report here.

Search Engine journal reports that Facebook and Twitter are ahead covering MJ’s death. While
Google was lagging in breaking news coverage, it’s still ahead of Bing.We have always trusted Google for its search capabilities and breaking news is just a different case.Though it is not intuitive and sometimes takes automated precautions to safeguard itself but Google’s trustworthiness and potential cannot be denied.

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Filed under Google. Posted by Abhishek and last updated on March 15, 2011.

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Micheal Jacson was a great story to cover. Googel must have special section for braeking news that follows from tweeter or facebook.

Michael Jackson is my favorite pop artist ever since i was a child. He is truly the King of Pop and i am saddened by this news.

Abhishek, here’s Google-logo-Bob.

Just a wee remark regarding your “According to Google, Michael Jackson died in 2007”. The Michael Jackson that died in 2007 was the world’s most reknown beer lover and beer writer. His books on beer serve as a kind of Bible for beer lover, say people like myself.


    Thanks Bob for the clarification. Indeed, Michael Jackson, the writter [link] was the most relevant result Google picked up from wiki. Search Engines lack intuitiveness, that tell them what has users want. And owing inconsistent nature of humans, Artificial Intelligence is of little help.

michael jackson is a very very talented person to the point that he rose as a pop icon. he would live forever in our history books and memories…

there would be no other King of Pop like Michael Jackson. he would always be the King.

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