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Google.com now merging accented results.

now the same as .fr .be

     
4:51 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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has anyone else noticed this change. Up til now if you searched with an accent or without you got a different set of results on .com

For a while it has been that way on .fr and the other regionals that may use accents but this is the first time I see it on .com

will it stay this way?

4:53 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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takes me of the first page for my main keywords :(
5:01 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i am seeing the same thing for keywords in spanish. this is a major advance. it would be really great to be able to optimize for accented keywords without having misspelled words all over the page.
5:05 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've been trying to optimise for 4 combinations without accent and 4 with. I was first page for the 4 without but no where on the others. Now I'm between 8-12 for everything.
Just have to work a bit harder to get back on the first page! :)
6:12 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just like to point to related thread about this [webmasterworld.com...]

I think it's a good choice to integrate it on general searches too.

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not true for spanish ó

Totally different results.

<edit that y is supposed to be an o with an accent>

8:04 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Time for the German Umlaut me thinks (äüö) :-)
9:24 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am getting similar results for spanish ó and o. try searching for a word with accent and without, the number of results is almost the same. as least searching from here, Mexico City
9:34 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Currently on Google.com:

résumé [google.com]: 360,000
resume [google.com]: 368,000
résumé -resume [google.com]: 322,000
resume -résumé [google.com]: 458,000

Whatever that means...

<added>
322,000 + 458,000 = 780,000
</added>

10:27 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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well maybe it's just me but I couldn't care less about the number of results. If one way a page ranks 7 and the other way it ranks 24, that's all that matters to me.
12:09 am on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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periódico
periodico

same results

1:30 am on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not in Los Angeles on .com, totally different (except the first result).
4:39 am on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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thats good to know. thanks.
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All day yesterday it was merged. The day before yesterday not.

Now today they are unmerged again so they have changed it a couple of times. Interesting to see where it ends up!

12:09 pm on Mar 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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So this change happened during the last two days?
 

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