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5:49 am on Dec 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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& #9658; I am seeing results for sites that the Arrows and Other Character EYE CANDY are not being displayed. The ones I have noticed gone are in the beginning of the Title, not sure if it makes a difference.

This was atleast at the time of posting.

8:00 am on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google just needs to display the results just as they would appear in a browser window. Also, its kind of interesting how the webmaster put this on the front page without even checking it.
8:16 am on Dec 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"I would like to hear what GG has to say about the arrows. They make the SE look cluttered when several websites use the arrows."

I agree, tictoc. That doesn't help users, either.

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Well, it is a good way for us to separate a few keywords that describe our services from the company name. Just like this: Kayword1 & Keyword2 (arrow) Company

Thus it doesn't look like a special Google pick, or something really different. So, it does make sense for us, and can make sense for somebody else, but of course we understand that if everyone starts using them, SERPS would look spammy. Anyways, I think Google might let us know its position and tell us if we should better remove these little things or not.

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Just speaking for me personally, I wouldn't use them. Hope that helps..
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I guess that clears it up. No arrows.

I also noticed MSN and Yahoo display the arrows, looks like it will turn into a mess once everyone starts using them if the SE's do not filter the graphics out of the titles.

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I like those that have the love / heart shapes . Make me feel kind of in the romantic mood. :)
6:23 am on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have used eye candy a few times for the mere joy of it, but after testing it out I removed them since I feel like it is spammy.

However, in my unofficial survey of nearly 20 boxes (computers) only a quarter of them were actually setup with the correct browser settings and fonts to display some of the eye candies. And none were using a font that could display all of it. IT usually appears as a question mark "?" or Tilda "~" or even tripple dots "..." depending on the system used, so it is as helpful in grabbing attention as it is in diverting it by displaying weird unfriendly characters such as the ones mentioned.

In other words some people click on your listing for the cool eye candy and some avoid clicking on it since they see irrelevant characters instead of the eye candy due to their system setup. almost close to nobody would click on a url that starts with a question mark!

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They are gone on some datacenters. Google is removing the symbols from the title in the listing on www-cw. Not on all the datacenters yet.

Good riddance.

8:02 pm on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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good catch, jcoronella. It looks nice. If only they make the snippets pulled out the websites more readable/coherent and visually pleasing and the ALL CAPS in titles pulled out, it would be cool.
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www-cw is not accessible to me at the moment.
10:42 pm on Dec 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just tried it. It's working.
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www3 and 2 ignoring ► now, will be live soon.
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8:54 pm on Dec 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I took the stars off of my site over a month ago (I think it's been that long), but the problem is that it is still showing up in the serps.

I don't like it because it looks artificial to me, (I thought it was fun at the time) so I can't wait for it to drop out of the cache.

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