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CIA Doesn't Know How To Do Redirects

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, December 2, 2006
15 years ago3,816 views

Really.

Google takes a lot of facts from CIA World Factbook. Now all the links to CIA are broken, because CIA moved from http: // to https ://.

Example:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Country+Name+of+Russia

Russia — Country Name: Conventional long form: Russian Federation conventional short form: Russia local long form: ...
According to http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2142.html

If you click on the CIA link, you are redirected to this error page:
https://www.cia.gov/redirects/factbookredirect.html

They should just redirect
http: //www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2142.html
to
https ://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2142.html

Now Google needs to fix all those links.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Maybe the CIA pages won't be in the Google Q&A anymore doing Google's next automated (?) iteration... because they might lose their PageRank, thus authority. CIA's doing anti-SEO moving URLs like that, not that I think they care much (they're gov't/ tax financed anyway right?). Their data is public, by the way, and can be copied onto other pages (I used it on http://Authorama.com)... maybe Google will just take the data from other sites now...

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

This shows a certain lack of...intelligence.

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