What’s with Google lately?

The Mergy Notes asks: “What is up with the insane long Google results URL now?

It seems Google is adding some additional information to the query. It used to be that you could send people a URL for a search but now this is out of hand. Go to Google and just do a plan simple search for a term and check the address bar when you get results. Crazy.

I did a search for “testing” and look at the results.

googlesearch

Yet, look at the crazy returned URL

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=testing&oq=testing&gs_l=hp.3..0l4.1889.2749.0.2996.7.7.0.0.0.0.402.1138.2j3j1j0j1.7.0.les%3B..0.0…1c.1.O2lSEK9wKPc&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41248874,d.b2U&fp=9adb9986d41db8e2&biw=1541&bih=919

Now I noticed that and was going to put it into yesterday’s copyright post but forgot. If you go to images, you get this long url. My first reaction was to pull the image url out of it [relatively easy to do] and embed that. Then I thought, it might be some sort of copyright covering thing by Google so I left it as it was.

Not sure about Google right now. They’ve ruined youtube, they’ve ruined Gmail, who knows what they’ll ruin next? King’s Cross?

Have to laugh at their carry-on about “fresh look” and all that. Intercourse your fresh look, Google!

Marissa come home, all is forgiven.

[H/T Chuckles]

3 Responses to “What’s with Google lately?”

  1. JuliaM January 19, 2013 at 07:42 Permalink

    Thank god for TinyURL and BitLy!

  2. IanPJ January 19, 2013 at 12:46 Permalink

    I have a suspicion that it may be something to do with Google trying to tie their searches to specific users, rather than just IP addresses. – Their government clients do not like anonymous searching…

    From Google’s own blog we see this.
    “As search becomes an increasingly customized experience, we recognize the growing importance of protecting the personalized search results we deliver. As a result, we’re enhancing our default search experience for signed-in users.”

    See how they are tying the search to the signed-in user+IP address rather than Mr Anon at an IP address. They can now distinguish between users in the same household… So much easier to track you my dears…. under the guise of making YOUR searches more secure…

    They also say:
    “This change encrypts your search queries and Google’s results page.”
    which probably accounts for the extended URL.

    You can read their full explanation here.
    http://googleblog.blogspot.ie/2011/10/making-search-more-secure.html

    Again we find ourselves being forced into the situation of giving up privacy for supposed security…

  3. Wolfie January 20, 2013 at 19:05 Permalink

    This is the day I’ve been expecting.

    Every search term will be indexed and cataloged, traced back to its originator for the state.

    This is an important post but its got a bit buried in the trivia that you seem more interested these days.

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