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Noticed something interesting with Google today
budbiss




msg:3041383
 4:12 pm on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I typed in "drivers license center" and it returned results only from within my state. Is this something new? I never noticed it before. Is it doing this because I have a cookie that documents which state I live in? I assume another way Google could be doing this is by looking at your IP address.

Also, as a test, I entered only 'drivers licence' and this prompted a nation-wide search.

In any case I just thought that this was somewhat interesting.

 

OptiRex




msg:3041505
 5:26 pm on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I typed in "drivers license center" and it returned results only from within my state. Is this something new?

No idea.

I entered only 'drivers licence' and this prompted a nation-wide search.

This is UK English.

texasville




msg:3042791
 3:38 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I also noticed on a query yesterday, several results that contained my small town. I thought it very odd considering the pages I checked were duplicates of state pages.
I was not in a custom google either.

PCSceo




msg:3043277
 9:09 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am seeing that as well. I live in Pennsylvania US.

That is very odd.

I do not have any personalized settings set either.

gregbo




msg:3043324
 9:48 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just tried this and my top 3 results come from PA, US. However, I'm not there.

oaktown




msg:3043337
 9:57 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Not happening on whichever dc I'm hitting. I'm in CA.

goubarev




msg:3043347
 10:03 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

For me the "drivers license center" brought up the PA DMV site. I'm in California... and so is my IP range - that has been assigned to Southern California Hosting company for at least 4 years...

I don't think they do Geo Trageting for main results - not there yet... If they did, that would've been totally awesome!

MissusC




msg:3043523
 1:22 am on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I get PA too and I am not even close to that state.

SuddenlySara




msg:3043527
 1:31 am on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Pennsylvania US is what I get...I should get Laguna Beach where I'm from right?

Bewenched




msg:3044053
 6:29 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

searched for: drivers license center
without quotes and with quotes .. got the same results.

I got the pennsylvania results as well and I'm in Texas

tedster




msg:3044056
 6:35 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

budbiss, you didn't mention if you were logged in to Google in any way -- if you were, you may well have been seeing personalized search results rather than the generic and default results.

For a minute, I thought I was also seeing something personalized, because the top results were all from states where I travelled very recently and worked online. But I'm only seeing what everyone else here reports. False alarm, it was just a coincidence. Guess those states do better SEO ;)

RandomOne




msg:3046728
 10:12 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I get that and its so annoying, if I want stuff from my state I'll add it at the end of my query. I use the google.com to get info worldwide but it has reverted to local for the last year and now its getting more specific. Google is becoming really crap. Yahoo Yahoo!

shogun_ro




msg:3046847
 12:36 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I search for that keyw on www.google.ro with hl=ro for your keyw
The first 2 results are for Pensylvania and the third from Pitsburg.
Im located in RO.

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