It has been observed that when systems break down we get to actually see how they operate. I wonder what this breakage below says about the use of Freebase and Wikipedia data in Google’s Knowlege Graph.

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Yes, that’s an image of Braeburn from My Little Pony to the right, and text about the apple to the left. Interestingly it’s fine at Wikipedia:

And it’s not even there in Freebase (according to a search).

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I don’t know if this reveals what’s going on in the flow of entities between Wikipedia, Freebase and Google. But I thought it was interesting. I wonder where to report such an anomaly. Is there a place?

Thanks to Jeff Godin in #code4lib for noticing the breakage in Knowledge Graph.

See also Hilary Mason’s post about how her identity got mixed up on Bing. (Thanks Chris).

Update: 2012-02-04

I thought to check a week later, and the The Knowledge Graph results got even funnier, now it’s a collage of apples and My Little Pony: