Google Queries Reveal Potential “Underground” Anti-Semitism In France

French newspaper Le Monde issued a report using search query data to argue that the French are pre-occupied with whether their leaders (and would-be leaders) are Jewish. According to AFP, data from Google's search suggest/auto-complete function indicates that French people are routinely searching on politicians' names followed by the world "juif," which means "Jewish" in French. The article says: Along with terms such as "IMF" and "2012" -- for those interested in [Dominique Strauss-Kahn's] global finance work or prospects in next year's French presidential election -- the fourth comm [...]

Google Removes Piracy-Related Terms From Instant Search

As it promised in early December, Google has begun to remove terms associated with piracy from producing search results in Google Instant Search, and from appearing in Google Suggest. That includes searches involving the word "torrent" as well as "BitTorrent," which is both the name of a company in San Francisco that produces torrent software, as well as the peer-to-peer sharing protocol itself. Google promised this was coming in a December 2, 2010 blog post that addressed several issues related to copyright protection. The company said it would remove terms like this from autocomplete: [...]

Google Suggestions Get Localized For Countries Around The World, News Alerts Improved

The Google Blog announced a few new features for Google search this week. First, they confirmed the realtime counter we reported earlier last week. Second, local search suggestions are now for cities around the world, not just in the US. Finally, Google Alerts for news based alerts is now improved. In April 2010, Google made Google Suggest -- which is now is calling "Autocomplete" -- locally relevant, so that if you are in a specific city or metropolitan area, Google will tailor the autocompletions based on that area. Google said they have extended the "hyper-local predictions" around [...]

At Google Images, “G” Is For “Girls In Bathrooms”

The launch of Google Instant last month drew new attention to what Google suggests that people search for -- and what it purposely omits to keep things family friendly. But over on Google Images, some of the suggestions that appear as you type are more of the soft-porn variety. Girls Gone Wild On Google Here's what I currently see when I enter the letter G at Google Images: Fair to say, autocomplete suggestions like: girls without dress girls breast feeding each other girls in bathrooms aren't exactly the type of things that Google generally wants to suggest to most people. [...]

What Do Pamela Anderson, New Pornographers, & Women Rapping Have In Common? Google Blacklist Knows

Pamela Anderson is a well-known actress. The New Pornographers are an indie rock band. Women rapping are ... well, presumably just females making music. All three are also part of a growing list of known "naughty" phrases that trip up Google Instant. Danny Sullivan has already written about this topic here on Search Engine Land (see The Five Words You Can Never Suggest On Google Instant), but the folks at 2600 -- a hacker community magazine -- are compiling a Google Blacklist of words that Google Instant filters. The list, which is not safe for work and perhaps not safe for other rea [...]

Google Convicted Again In France Over Google Suggest

For the second time this year, Google has lost a lawsuit in France related to the search suggestions that appear on Google Suggest. The recent case involved the appearance of the words "rapist" and "satanist" in search suggestions for the plaintiff's name. The plaintiff had previously been convicted on appeal for corrupting a minor, but the AFP reports that the "conviction was not yet definitive" when the man discovered what Google Suggest was showing for his name. Google has been ordered to make a "symbolic payment" of one euro in damages and to take steps that will ensure the offense d [...]

Good News, Lesbians — Google Instant May Soon Suggest You!

As you know, Google won't show certain search results in Google Instant for search results that seem pornographic, violent or hateful. The includes the word "lesbian," even though few would consider it to be pornographic on its own. I reported this morning at the Search Engine Roundtable that Google said they will try to fix lesbian so that search results show up in Google Instant as you type that into the search box: Kelly from Google said this in a thread, lesbian not showing search results as you type in Google Instant "is a bug and we are working to see if we can fix it," Google [...]

The Five Words You Can Never Suggest On Google Instant

Like it or not, lots of people search for nude celebrities on Google. But with Google’s new Google Instant Search, those inclined to seek celebs in the buff have to figure out their queries without any help from Google. The same is true for those interested in nude beaches, famous nude artwork or "innocent" topics such as the Naked Brothers Band and nude lipstick. Below, a closer look at pros and cons to Google Instant's filtering, including a nod's to George Carlin's famous "Seven Words You Can Never Say In Television" bit. A Good Reason To Filter Adult Terms As we've covered, Goo [...]

Test: Google Updating Search Results As You Type

Rob Ousbey documented on video how Google is testing a feature where the search results on the page are updating as you type your search query. This is a form of search query refinement and Google Suggest that dynamically modifies the search results on the page as you type. Here is his video: The internet was buzzing about this feature over the weekend. I personally find this to be just a bit overboard. It makes the page jump around, I feel it can lead to confusion and other issues. Google sent TechCrunch a confirmation, calling this one of their many "search experiments." [...]

Spelling Corrections Now In Google Suggest

Google announced this weekend that spelling corrections are now available in Google Suggest. Google is now showing "Did you mean?" suggestions/corrections for certain misspelling situations. Google said if "you're typing a query for which there are no search completions to offer, and yet some of your search terms do seem to be misspelled, Google Suggest will now offer a "Did you mean" suggestion for your query." So this will only come up with no search completions are there and if there is a misspelling in your query. It will not currently offer a spelling correction if there are search [...]

Growing On Google, People Asking “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account”

When working on a presentation about search today, I did a "how do I" search on Google to see what was suggested as topics. To my surprise, "How do I delete my Facebook account" was one of the top choices: Is this new? It could be that this suggestion has been there for months, and I've only just noticed it now. To find out, I turned to another tool, Google Trends. That shows the popularity of searches for a particular topic, on Google, over time. For how do i delete my facebook account, Google Trends said there was not "enough search volume to show graphs." So, I tried a shorter [...]

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