April 12, 2009 1:57 PM Subscribe
posted by TochterAusElysium (311 comments total)
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Within the last few hours, a trend on Twitter has emerged
in response to Amazon's removing the sales ranking of books they consider to have "adult content,
" which also keeps those books from appearing in search results. However, while seeming to unilaterally de-list any books with gay themes and characters, many books with adult heterosexual content were left untouched.
Unfortunately, books included in the de-ranking
include classic works such as Brokeback Mountain
, The Well of Loneliness
, Tipping the Velvet
, and others whose "adult" content is negligible.
In response, some people have started a coordinated Googlebomb
to bring a new definition of "Amazon Rank
" to the top of Google's search results.
As of this writing, #amazonfail is the top trend on Twitter (possibly because some big names
have taken up the re-tweet cause). A Google News search for this story returns no results, indicating that it might behoove corporate PR folks to keep a closer eye on Twitter...and that someone might be having a rough Monday morning tomorrow at Amazon headquarters.