NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The mystery deepens Posted by Mikko @ 06:13 GMT

Continuing with the Question of the Day that we've been pondering on for the last couple of posts… things get even more interesting.

It turns out some users are not seeing the weird behavior of Google but they are instead getting sensible results.

Compare this screenshot, sent in by Jean W, to the one in the previous weblog post:


Alexander S theorized that this difference might be the result of hitting different Google data centers and some of them are somehow out-of-sync.

We did get a fairly good solution from Paul J, who rationalized why Google would sometimes show that a search would only have 4 or 5 results when it really has much more:

  The difference is that first 5 have the search string text in the page,
  whereas the remaining search results have it linked from the page
  Results 1 - 10 of about 5 for allintext: 13123390. (0.14 seconds)
  Results 1 - 10 of about 0 for allinanchor: 13123390. (0.15 seconds)