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Annoying bug in Google's new interface

jacobsd [PersonRank 1]

Friday, May 18, 2007
12 years ago1,871 views

Do a search in the regular web search engine and then click on one of the many other vertical search engines and you will see what I am talking about. It will automatically change your query to "t" for some reason.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think I might know what the problem is because it's something I had encountered when trying to parse search queries on my site. Sometimes the full search string contains a parameter called aq, and so if the full url of the search is:

google.com/search?q=entourage+ ...

If you don't parse it well, and you try to find the search terms by looking for just "q=", you end up getting "t" instead of the real search query (which was "entourage 3 18")

I think that might be it because I was originally getting an occasional value of just "t" in the list of search terms in my log.

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