mademetop - 2:21 am on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is not the first time that this stripping of query strings has happened and despite the then assurances that it was only a test and Google wasn't going to do this (which really makes all analytics tools lose one of their primary functions), they have proceeded!
It will allow us to see how many people are getting personalized results but for the World where Google rules, webmasters have lost a crucial part of their business intelligence.
I expect something of an uproar over this!
Oh, and as an afterthought, I really don't buy into the "protecting users" waffle when you can still get the data from searches via AdWords. What? People who click on paid results don't deserve the same "user protection"?