I was surprised to see a promotion for Google’s “Search Plus Your World” feature turn up in my search results today. I was even more surprised that even after I dismissed it, the promo returned at least twice more.
It’s Not Your Imagination
Apparently, I’m not the only one. I can see others on Twitter complaining about it:
Here’s Andrew Chen:
When I google, the “Welcome to Search plus your World” shows up over and over. Can’t be dismissed. wtf
Google, if you keep spamming me with “Welcome to Search plus Your World” every time I run a search, I’m going to stop using your service
“Welcome to Search plus Your World” I get it, I get I get I GET IT I GET IT! NOW PLEASE GO AWAY!!! When did you become like this??
When Search Plus Your World launched in January, Google showed these messages to help alert people about the new service. The promo then looked like this:
We’re now three months into the launch, but for some reason, Google’s apparently decided everyone need a reminder about it. At least two slightly different promos are now running. There’s this one that I initially saw and which Chen posted:
There’s also this, which I saw when doing further searches. I’ve also shown how it appeared just above my first search result:
Dismissed, Yet It Returns
The promos all have a little X button to the right to dismiss them. That’s the surprising thing. I clicked on this when I saw the first promo. Then when I searched again, the second version appeared despite having been dismissed. Curious, I searched again, and the promo still appeared. But then after another search, it finally was gone.
My guess is that Google has decided to show the promotion to everyone signed-in to Google, perhaps even if they’ve dismissed it the first time, for a maximum of three views. I’m checking on this and will post more, if I hear back.
Postscript (11:00 PM ET): Google tells me this was a bug that’s now fixed. Once dismissed, the message shouldn’t return.