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Google auto correcting FF search box

6:05 pm on Oct 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Excuse this if its been brought up before, but ugh Google quit it.

I have bing for my home page but use Google from the Firefox search toolbar in the upper right corner of the browser for more in depth specific searches.

Today I am trying to find the number of Aircel subscribers. Google auto corrected my search from: aircel mobile subscribers to bharti airtel mobile subscribers. It did this in the submit and didn't bother showing the "Did you mean YOUR ORIGINAL SEARCH?" link either.

Come on G, Airtel might be the bigger company but Aircel is no slouch either. I knew exactly what I was searching for and it was a terriblly presumptive act for you to assume that your borg knew better.

I was keeping G around because it does better on some types of searches, but if they are going to intercept my queries and change them on me then that defeats the whole purpose. Stop infantilizing your users while you still have some.
9:35 pm on Oct 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I agree with you, and we do have other threads here where this kind of query revision gets complained about. When Google revises a query to the more frequent variant, that is a big FAIL as far as I'm concerned. Yes, they should give the option - but don't frustrate the user.

I am a "fat fingered" typist (and sometimes I'm "all thumbs") so I do appreciate the more common suggestion being offered to me in some cases. But if there are search results for what I actually typed, then that's what should be served up.

They can and should get this query revision algorithm tuned up a lot better than it is.