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Auto Correct Weirdness - Did You Mean?
What is the significance of the Autocorrect function?
HayMeadows




msg:88399
 11:38 pm on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Example: A search for 'California Realtor' or 'Puyallup Realtor' returns a did you mean 'keyword realty'.

Why does this happen? Obviously realtor is an extremely popular term.

 

rfgdxm1




msg:88400
 11:46 pm on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

In that case, since this is what you meant, ignore it. ;)

JayC




msg:88401
 11:59 pm on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Obviously realtor is an extremely popular term.

Sure. But "realty" is considerably more popular, appearing on 4.5 million pages compared to 3.2 million for "realtor." That is, a dufference of 1.3 million, or 40.6% more popular.

So it seems reasonable to suggest that you might want to look at results for that term.

Look at it that way: not as an "autocorrection," which implies that you misspelled the word you're looking for, but as a suggested query that uses a similar, and more popular, term.

HayMeadows




msg:88402
 12:19 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I believe this is not Google's intent of auto correct. 'Florida Realty' and 'Montana Realty' do not get this message.

Realty may have more results but realtor gets searched for more often (IMHO) - its at least more applicable to my clients site.

rfgdxm1




msg:88403
 12:23 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

>I believe this is not Google's intent of auto correct. 'Florida Realty' and 'Montana Realty' do not get this message.

Because "realty" is more common than "Realtor".

>Realty may have more results but realtor gets searched for more often (IMHO) - its at least more applicable to my clients site.

Google doesn't do what it does to please your client. If the person intended to search "Realtor", then they will just ignore the suggestion.

borad




msg:88404
 1:45 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

According to the Overture Search Term Suggestion Tool, "realtor" is indeed searched for twice as often as "realty".

Yes, I know they mean pretty much the same thing, but I agree with the original poster that this should not be labelled as a typo. Given Google don't do stemming, it sticks out badly.

seasalt




msg:88405
 1:54 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

realty vs. Realtor

No expert here but Realtor is a trademarked "brand" name given out only to members of the National Association of Realtors - realty is a common noun used by anyone incorporated as such. There frequently is confusion about this by the general public. This auto correct may have been brought about by this confusion.

seasalt

rfgdxm1




msg:88406
 2:02 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Right. It is just asking if you'd rather search with the other term. It isn't saying that the first search is an error.

CCowboy




msg:88407
 4:23 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Seasalt is correct Realtor is a Trademarked term and describes members of a local assocaiation selling real-estate or realty.

HayMeadows




msg:88408
 4:28 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Gotta say....its not just my client that would take issue with this 'auto correct' feature. Realtors as a whole should care about this oversite.

CCowboy




msg:88409
 4:34 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

HayMeadows

There are people other than Realtors who are licensed to sell real-estate. If Google were to decide to only list the term "Realtor", it would result in an anti-trust action.

HayMeadows




msg:88410
 5:29 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

We are talking about Google's Auto Correct feature CCowboy.

rfgdxm1




msg:88411
 5:49 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

It isn't auto-correct. It just *suggests* an alternative. It doesn't use "keyword realty" instead of "keyword Realtor" without asking.

HayMeadows




msg:88412
 5:56 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Good pont.....oops point. Obvious misspelling :-)

CCowboy




msg:88413
 6:43 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Never Mind...

[edited by: CCowboy at 7:00 am (utc) on May 3, 2003]

HayMeadows




msg:88414
 7:00 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not at all what I was trying to say there. Sorry to confuse you.

CCowboy




msg:88415
 7:23 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

cool

WebManager




msg:88416
 10:20 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I always assumed the suggestion was based on keywords submitted by users of Google Adwords

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