Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of the famous “Crocodile Hunter” star Steve Irwin, has become the victim of a search engine glitch that added the words “dead” and “Steve Irwin daughter” together. While Steve Irwin is dead, Steve Irwin’s daughter is alive and well, reported Gossip Cop on June 14, 2013.
“Speculation about Irwin’s alleged death apparently went viral due to a glitch that occurred when search engines wrongly aggregated queries about ‘Steve Irwin daughter’ with older news related to her father’s 2006 demise.”
Steve Irwin’s daughter’s mistaken death report is not due to any malevolence or planned hoax but due to the fact that with all modern technological advances, search engines are not controlled so much by people but by software.
Typing in a search word like “Steve Irwin” will most likely show up search results discussing Steve Irwin’s death. Typing in a search world like “Steve Irwin’s daughter” will most likely also show up results discussing Steve Irwin’s death even though the internet user intended to find information about Steve Irwin’s daughter and not Steve Irwin.
For search engines, the name Steve Irwin and dead are the most searched-for queries. The fact that the word “daughter” is added after “Steve Irwin” does not make that much of a difference to a search engine and the apostrophe is ignored completely.
The difference between “Steve Irwin dead” and “Steve Irwin’s daughter dead” does make a difference though to those search engine users who thought that Steve Irwin’s daughter was dead because of the glitch.
After the search engine glitch that combined the words “Steve Irwin daughter” with “dead,” the rumor that the Australian teen had died spread quickly on Twitter and other social network sites on Thursday and Friday. The phrase “Steve Irwin daughter dies” climbed all the way to the top of Yahoo’s and MSN’s list of hot search terms.
“The consensus is that recent interest in Bindi and her new movie, ‘Return From Nim Island,’ combined with people searching for her as ‘Steve Irwin’s daughter’ and the fact that Irwin died in 2006, just made for a perfect search storm that resulted in the macabre trending snafu,” reported EOnline.
“So, chalk this one up to technical difficulties (rather than a fake news story about falling off a cliff in New Zealand written just for kicks).”
Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi Irwin or “Steve Irwin daughter” as search engines like it, is alive and well.