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A "Tip" that's showing up in Google serps

     
5:06 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I just saw this line show up in the serps:
Tip: hit return instead of clicking on the search button to save time.

(or something like that).

It was just below the sponsored links and above the #1 position, so in some real prime real estate.

Not sure if I saw this because I was using IE when I normally don't. I don't expect it means much, but it was a bit disconcerting for a second to see non-serp info in a spot I expect to see serp info.

11:07 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's not browser dependent - I've seen it in Opera, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and even K-Meleon.
12:22 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've seen that message for what seems like ages. Might even be years by now and it has always irritated me to no end.
2:52 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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only bothers me on my blackberry, i just glaze over it on my laptop, seen it for prolly 4 years at least...
4:32 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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lol. well, it's 'something' specific. I swear I've never seen it before tonite. I was trying out running IE from within linux using codeweavers. thought I'd try a search and there it was.

Ah well. All the latest in 4 year old news, brought to you courtesy of wheel :).

4:51 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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FWIW, I can't see this in either Safari or FireFox (my usual browsers), so it was news to me! :)
4:56 am on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've only seen the "Tip" get displayed after I click on the "Search" input rather than pressing Enter. And it doesn't get triggered every time, either - I just tested that.
2:08 pm on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think most of us have been getting this tip for ages

it's just that we didn't ( bother to ) notice it

3:08 pm on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Oh I'd have noticed it. The tip is hogging my number one spot :).
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I get that pretty consistently with a "clean" version of IE (no cookies, no login). It relies on the passing of the &btnG=Google+Search parameter, I believe. It's years old, anyway (no idea if it was discontinued for a while) ;)
3:36 pm on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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*** It relies on the passing of the &btnG=Google+Search parameter ***

Yet another reason to cut extra parameters out of Google URLs when you paste them into a forum or blog, or save them as a bookmark; however I do wonder if the Google techs were clever enough to then hide the message if the referrer wasn't a place where a Google Search Button could actually exist. I haven't checked.