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google germany - the "did u mean" thing



11:44 am on Jul 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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something weired still showing in germany..

if u search for a keyword with a wrong spelling..
ie "webbsite" instead of "website", google ask for "Did u mean Website?"...but...

for some keywords only, im looking for ie "webites" and google asks "did u mean websites websites?"...
and when im hitting it, google asks "Did u mean websites websites websites websites?" and so on....

someone else with that problem?


9:46 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi staatz and welcome.

I haven't noticed this behaviour so far, but you are right. The problem appear for a search in german [google.com], while a search in english [google.com] doesn't show this problem. The only explanation I can think of for this strange behaviour is that it's a bug.


10:00 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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yep I agree, and I think I found it in google.com also, but do not remember the search term.


10:05 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You can see that only the even ones in the list are highlighted. So most likely an almost similar word is also used in some internal list.

Try a search for web-sites [google.com] on www.google.com and you will see "web site" and "website" are both highlighted in the SERP.

Interesting bug.


12:01 pm on Jul 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Originally posted in [webmasterworld.com...]

A friend in Australia reports that Google corrects "television" to "television television".

Fixes the bug:
* Switching to an inactive datacenter (currently www-sj or www-zu).
* Using a US-based proxy.

Does not fix the bug:
* Switching between the 7 active datacenters.
* Removing URL parameters other than q=.
* Using www.google.co.uk (even though this causes him to see .uk ads).
* Using Internet Explorer instead of Mozilla.


9:24 am on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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what a wonderful day, that "did u mean"-thing is flying away and ...... all domains are back on top again :D

looks like a major fixing^^


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