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Guess the Search Game  (View post)

Hanaplas [PersonRank 1]

Thursday, January 18, 2007
15 years ago3,955 views

obviously you can win any search by just make the name quoted

"New York Times" -> "New York Times" -> works

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Yes, but you have to enter a short(er) query. I think it's interesting to define a function like:
L(site)=the length of the shortest Google query that leads to the site (the site is the top result)

Of course, Google's results change, but you can compute an average.

David Sanger [PersonRank 7]

15 years ago #

David Sanger [PersonRank 7]

15 years ago #

OK – the question then is now, Is it a violation of the Google TOS to be doing automated searches out the back end, from the server.

" No Automated Querying

You may not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system without express permission in advance from Google. Note that "sending automated queries" includes, among other things:

* using any software which sends queries to Google to determine how a website or webpage "ranks" on Google for various queries;
* "meta-searching" Google; and
* performing "offline" searches on Google.


If there's a way around it I'd like to know since I have thought of service that will do something like this...

David Sanger [PersonRank 7]

15 years ago #

Though now that I think about it, you could use the API and do a limited number of searches

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