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google germany - the "did u mean" thing

 11:44 am on Jul 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

something weired still showing in germany..

if u search for a keyword with a wrong spelling..
ie "webbsite" instead of "website", google ask for "Did u mean Website?"...but...

for some keywords only, im looking for ie "webites" and google asks "did u mean websites websites?"...
and when im hitting it, google asks "Did u mean websites websites websites websites?" and so on....

someone else with that problem?



 9:46 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi staatz and welcome.

I haven't noticed this behaviour so far, but you are right. The problem appear for a search in german [google.com], while a search in english [google.com] doesn't show this problem. The only explanation I can think of for this strange behaviour is that it's a bug.


 10:00 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

yep I agree, and I think I found it in google.com also, but do not remember the search term.


 10:05 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

You can see that only the even ones in the list are highlighted. So most likely an almost similar word is also used in some internal list.

Try a search for web-sites [google.com] on www.google.com and you will see "web site" and "website" are both highlighted in the SERP.

Interesting bug.


 12:01 pm on Jul 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Originally posted in [webmasterworld.com...]

A friend in Australia reports that Google corrects "television" to "television television".

Fixes the bug:
* Switching to an inactive datacenter (currently www-sj or www-zu).
* Using a US-based proxy.

Does not fix the bug:
* Switching between the 7 active datacenters.
* Removing URL parameters other than q=.
* Using www.google.co.uk (even though this causes him to see .uk ads).
* Using Internet Explorer instead of Mozilla.


 9:24 am on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

what a wonderful day, that "did u mean"-thing is flying away and ...... all domains are back on top again :D

looks like a major fixing^^

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