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Google redirects instead of giving direct link?

     
3:21 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering if anyone else has noticed the links in the result pages have changed to:

[google.com...]

and there's no direct link anymore... If yes, since when..? Could it be because I'm using the toolbar?

3:57 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They do this periodically to spy on their users, and log what sites they visit.
4:04 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It happens periodically, Google doesn't do it all the time. All search engines do it, there's a variety of statistical information the click-through data can be used for.

There was recently a thread which GoogleGuy responded in, you might be able to dig it out if you hunt for it.

4:38 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys!
4:48 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Spot checks to make sure our quality is fine. Nuthin' to worry about. :)
5:02 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Those with Googlenoia always live in perpetual fear of the big G. Haven't you noticed many webmasters here obviously have Googlenoia? ;)
12:03 pm on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think I remember M. Cutts at Pubcon saying every 1 in 100 or 1 in 200 searches they do it?

Add to that the toolbar advanced data and they have some stuff to play with.