lucy24 - 9:22 am on Sep 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
Heh. But anyone browsing with tabs-- a group larger than the readership of this forum-- has to have some idea that there's such a thing as a page title. Otherwise how would they know which tab to choose? Sure they may not know it's called a <title>, let alone that it's an html element. But they have to know there's "something up there". Or do they think the browser just makes something up?
Hm. When did That Browser start offering tabbed browsing? I know it was about ten years after everyone else. But by now, even the computer-illiterate-- meaning, the people who use the browser that came with their computer-- must know that tabs exist. And a tab is no use without a title.
It would be pretty nervy of a search engine to treat a page title as one of its ranking factors, and then turn right around and make up a different title when showing search results.