Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.167.102.69

Forum Moderators: open

Message Too Old, No Replies

Auto Correct Weirdness - Did You Mean?

What is the significance of the Autocorrect function?

     
11:38 pm on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 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.

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

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rfgdxm1 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:May 12, 2002
posts:4479
votes: 0


In that case, since this is what you meant, ignore it. ;)
11:59 pm on May 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 5, 2001
posts:724
votes: 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.

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

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 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.

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

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rfgdxm1 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:May 12, 2002
posts:4479
votes: 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.

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

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 28, 2002
posts:23
votes: 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.

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

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 13, 2003
posts:125
votes: 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

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

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rfgdxm1 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:May 12, 2002
posts:4479
votes: 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.
4:23 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 19, 2003
posts:203
votes: 0


Seasalt is correct Realtor is a Trademarked term and describes members of a local assocaiation selling real-estate or realty.
4:28 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 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.
4:34 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 19, 2003
posts:203
votes: 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.

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

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 0


We are talking about Google's Auto Correct feature CCowboy.
5:49 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rfgdxm1 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:May 12, 2002
posts:4479
votes: 0


It isn't auto-correct. It just *suggests* an alternative. It doesn't use "keyword realty" instead of "keyword Realtor" without asking.
5:56 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 0


Good pont.....oops point. Obvious misspelling :-)
6:43 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 19, 2003
posts:203
votes: 0


Never Mind...

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

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

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 7, 2002
posts:300
votes: 0


Not at all what I was trying to say there. Sorry to confuse you.
7:23 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 19, 2003
posts:203
votes: 0


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

Junior Member

joined:Nov 8, 2002
posts:156
votes: 0


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

Join The Conversation

Moderators and Top Contributors

Hot Threads This Week

Featured Threads

Free SEO Tools

Hire Expert Members