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Wikipedia Blackout – What would Google say?!


Every active internet user was shocked today if visited Wikipedia.com.

Every article has the same black backround and this text:

Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.

Make your voice heard

Yes, it’s verys sad, but it is also an awesome moment ot see how Google actually works.

Fisrt of all I thought that wikipedia pages were still present if search results because its’ content didn’t re-index yet. But then I pressed CTRL+U and looked at the page source. And you know what? The initial texts are still there!!! Vistors see black background, but the information is still there – just designed in such way that the visitor cannot see it.

And how can we call such action in the eyes of Search Engines? It’s a hidden text! And it is a rude vialation of Google policy – to use one content to get ranking in search engine and to show visitor absolutely different text.

So, how should Google behave in this situtaion? Shouln’t it penalise Wikipedia.com? What do you think?

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One response to “Wikipedia Blackout – What would Google say?!

  1. NoName January 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    There are recommendations for closing websites https://plus.google.com/u/0/115984868678744352358/posts/Gas8vjZ5fmB
    But Wikipedia didn’t do it!
    They do not use 305 status code, they use 304 and yes, they have HIDDEN TEXT!

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