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Favicons in SERPS

beussery [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, January 24, 2009
5 years ago4,731 views

Anyone else seeing favicons in SERPs?

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Nope :(
Screenshot please

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Seeing favicons in SERPs for advanced queries using the site: operator....

file:
google.com/s2/favicons?domain= ...

screen shot:


beussery.com/images/gbfavinser ...

imoDOTcom [PersonRank 1]

5 years ago #

These Favicons are shown by the GOOGLE ICON extension in FireFox.

Its a great visual aid. Kudos to the developer.

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Thanks for your reply imoDOTcom, I don't have that extension. Icons with that extension seem to show up top left but these are bottom left...

The source of the image is: google.com/s2/favicons?domain= ...

According to documentation for that plugin, the actual favicon is loaded...

Are you certain this is an extension? No settings have been changed and I'm no longer seeing this???

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Well, that's an easy way to get the favicon for a domain:
google.com/s2/favicons?domain= ...

Google uses this servlet when you add links to your profile, although I'm not sure if it does more than appending "/favicon.ico" to a domain.

No other major search engine shows favicons next to search results and I don't think they are very useful because most of the results are from sites you've never visited before.

imoDOTcom [PersonRank 1]

5 years ago #

Hello beussery,

I must be wrong.

(I was meaning to say that there is an extension in FireFox called Google Icons that promises to do that same thing. I use that Addon. But, it seems that Google appears to be doing the same thing, or using that add-on (?) on its own.)

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

[put at-character here]imoDOTcom
So are you seeing this too?

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

[put at-character here]Ionut, I sent PL the HTML... Firefox extensions aren't my forte but it seems odd the icons also rendered in Safari...

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

>>>>I don't think they are very useful because most of the results are from sites you've never visited before.

Agree but just to be clear, only saw these for "site:" queries. Meaning all the same favicon.

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

The only extensions I have on my home computer are:
-Google
gears
notebook
send to phone
toolbar for firefox

-Live HTTP headers
-SEO for FF (SEOBook)
-Show IP
-StumbleUpon

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

I've thought of a potential use for this.

The site: operator doesn't always restrict content to one "site" as such. It can also include sites hosted on the domain's subdomains (if you omit the www, for example) and many sites hosted in directories (like the old fashioned Geocities style of hosting).

If all those different sites had different favicons, this could be useful to see which results were the same site at a glance.

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

That makes sense Tony, I still can't come up with an explanation other than this being the real deal... Only a question in my mind due to the fact, I (like a moron) closed FF which automatically deleted my cookies. I'd like proof, confirmation and/or verification, so please feel free to chime in?

Since my original post, I've poured over each extension (posted above) as well as all of Mozilla's related to favicons. I can't find anything that would replicate this issue and haven't seen the issue since Friday evening (another reason I don't this an extension is to blame). The issue vanished after about 25 minutes and hasn't returned since...

Anyone who can debunk as something other than a Google test please feel free to chime in????????

beussery [PersonRank 10]

5 years ago #

Just as a follow up, JohnMu seems to have confirmed this as a test:
google.com/support/forum/p/Web ...

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