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Is Scroogle Quitting?

George R [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
11 years ago60,709 views

Scroogle may retire their service. Daniel Brandt says their scraper relies on the google.com/ie interface. They say they are retiring it because Google now redirects it to toolbar/ie8/sidebar.html. My tests indicate that Google ie seems to work fine via a slightly different url.

scroogle notice: http://scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbw.cgi
redirected ie: http://www.google.com/ie
working ie: http://www.google.com/search?btnmeta%3Dsearch%3Die

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Nice find: add &output=ie to any Google search URL and you get the simplified interface.

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Scroogle seems to be working again.
The notice is gone. Did anyone save a copy?

ianf [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

If by save you meant the "Sorry, but we are unable to provide results from Google." http://scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbw.cgi page, then I did, just right now. Now, what do I do with it?

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

No, there was a different longer page at that address, signed by Daniel Brandt, talking about retiring the service and its past eight years.

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

A quote of the text on the page can be found at PCLinuxOS-Forums.
http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=72524.0

Some other copies may be found by searching.
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&as_epq=We+regret+to+announce+that+our+Google+scraper&cof=AH%3Aleft&hl=

Jérôme [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/05/11/service-for-private-google-searches-shuts-down/

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Scroogle has a link from their error page to a story about their resumption of service. It is by Cade Metz at the register titled "Scroogle scrapes back to life Google screws IE6". http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/12/scroogle_returns/

It says:

"But by Tuesday evening, thanks to some help from a trio of Scroogle users, Brandt was able to replicate his setup via another page – google.com/search – by adding an extra parameter ('&output=ie') to the url. 'It appears that both methods,' Brandt says, meaning the old and the new, 'amount to the same thing.'"

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