While rumors of the death of Steve Irwin's 14-year-old daughter, Bindi Irwin, swamped the Internet, the late "Crocodile Hunter's" protégé was in fact up to her regular routine of working with animals and being a teenager.
Who said the 14-year-old Aussie died? It's easy to want to pinpoint one person.
okay who tried to say bindi irwin died you have hit a new low— loud sigh (@fauxchan) June 14, 2013
But the truth is, the report of Bindi's faux death was caused by a huge mass of people, specifically, as Social News Daily puts it, a "trend hiccup": an Internet glitch that arises from misleading word-association trends.
When people grew interested in her new film, "Return from Nim's Island," many of them typed in the search term "Steve Irwin's daughter" instead of her actual name, Bindi. With the words "Steve Irwin," the name of her famous wildlife-expert father, who passed away in 2006, entered into the search mixer, the equation spit out the term "Steve Irwin daughter dies" and thus the striking words were reproduced through Twitter trends yesterday. To state it simply, the Internet, its users, and the search engines were very, very confused and didn't question the game of Scrabble that ensued.
omg. RIP Bindi Irwin :( ha mara so many people dying i can't deal— ʇhando ∞ (@thandompembe) June 14, 2013
Despite what the Internet says, Bindi is still thriving as a youthful wildlife conservationist Wednesday, she shared a pleasant image from the beach on Instagram along with a tweet of an interview in Hong Kong — social media's proof of her active career and personal life.
A Hong Kong interview. I had such a wonderful time there!http://t.co/DlIbQkRAbG— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) June 13, 2013
Bindi once said, "Every time you lose an animal, it's like losing a brick from the house. Pretty soon the house just falls down, you know?" Apparently a lot of folks on the Internet thought they lost their animal-saving super star, and the big bad wolf of erroneous search trends blew that house down.