In a crass attempt to get points on TheSpoof.com, it became clear today that an unnamed writer had written a story specifically designed to try to get into the Google top story pages based on their celebration of her birth in 1844.
It appears that the success of stories on the satirical website is determined more by the influence of outside agencies than by the site itself. To cash in on this, the unnamed author has written a story about someone he had never heard of but who was featured on Google's main search page in one of their custom logo designs.
Luckily the management of the Spoof.com cottoned on to the attempt and held the article back until the Google feature had been and gone. Or even deleted the whole sorry mess.
Or did they? On reflection they seemed to take the view that this type of story brought in thousands of readers and their advertising hit rate went up. As a result early release of the story made more sense.
Many of TheSpoof.com's writers shouted 'Hooray!' and the author went on holiday with his story left to the whims of the Internet.