• Khalid

    [what is] before the person, place or thing also works. I think that was done for voice search, so people can pick up their phone, tap the microphone and ask the question. Most people I suppose are more likely to use what is than define.

  • http://www.v2interactive.net/ Josh

    A prefix of “What is…” also renders similar results. Classy move, IMHO by Google. Sucks for sites who beg for those terms, but rewards the end user without needing to click onto a site.

  • http://www.v2interactive.net/ Josh

    Ah, you beat me to it. Good find.

  • http://twitter.com/RankWatch RankWatch

    That’s really very well noticed Khalid. These are some of the great initiatives taken by Google for users to get the desired result on the search results page immediately for the searches for which the result is obvious and also to make them spend more time on Google in searching and getting to know lot of stuff.

  • http://www.guillaumeerard.com Guillaume Erard

    Google doing more content scrapping…

  • Unbound Marketing

    If search engines didn’t scrape content it’d be a pain in the arse to find what you were looking for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsme.Rajesh Rajesh Babu

    adding “meaning” after the word also works…but yes i have noticed the missing credit links several months ago. i thought google was doing it deliberately. In any case, i don’t see people clicking thro. those links. A classic case of “google scraping facts” and they can’t be copyrighted. But i thought google was already compensating (monetarily) those reference sites in some way or the other like they do to wikipedia by way of donations, etc.