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This was the single biggest reason I would often use another search engine.
Funnily enough though I'd just spotted this myself after i pasted a huge query into G and wasn't abused about it being too long.
In other words, would this mean that the relevancy relationship between the query and the page's on-page content is heightened and, consequently, pages that have previously won due only to page rank (one relevant word on page, but very high PR) are now less likely to trump?
I've seen published research showing that the percentage of searches using more than 3 or 4 keywords is very small, so the number of very long searches is obviously tiny.
Still, this will be very useful for webmasters, academics and school teachers -- anyone trying to research quotation of specific passages, potential plagarism, etc.
Yeah I don't get it, I've been doing this with Google for quite some time. We find content thieves by typing in an entire unique sentance or two from our site in quotes.
Perhaps I am missing something also - I have dumped paragraphs to check for content thieves as well for other analysis for well over a year.
I agree though... The percentage of long search strings is miniscule. I only get long search strings from AskJeeves.