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Subject: SBTB Google Bomb
Date Posted: 11/5/2010 3:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2008
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Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is looking to Google bomb Judith Griggs.  A Google bomb is where people post links to a certain site on their website or blog and the higher up the linked website will appear.  The reason SMTB wants to Google bomb Judith Griggs is because of some plagiarizing she has done as editor of Cooks Source.  Cooks Source is a small cooking magazine.  In the latest edition the magazine has a recipe and small article for an apple tart.  The problem is that Judith got the material from a blogger, Monica, without crediting the blogger.  When the blogger asked Judith to credit her and give a small donation to a local college Judith wrote back saying, " But honestly Monica, the web is considered "public domain" and you should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else's name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me... ALWAYS for free!"
Obviously this has made Monica and many other people mad.  I searched around and found some other articles about this situation and it has really blown up.  Allegedly, Cooks Source has also used material from other sources like Paula Dean, Martha Stewart, and Disney.  Apparently, there is a big brouhaha on Facebook and Twitter.  I haven?t looked up anything but people who mention it say it is not nice and lots of fowl language so just a warning if you go looking.

Here is the link to SMTB post: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/comments/judith-griggs-the-google-is-our-friend-not-hers/

Here is a link to the Washington Post article about the situation: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/11/cooks_source_masters_new_recip.html

Here is the link to the Google Bomb: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/judithgriggs/