Term used to describe the failure of a Web server due to overload as a result of being linked to from a popular website, such as Google. The archetypal example was when the University of Swinbourne's web server crashed after Google linked its logo to it in February 2004. Millions of people clicked on the link, flooding the university's servers and forcing them to shut down. The term carries the additional connotation that highly popular sites such as Google wield considerable political power in this manner.
The University of Swinbourne's fractal website went down for nearly a week when it was first googleblatted and then slashdotted two days later.
by Mystikan March 25, 2004