google weirdness

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 02:25 am
darkoshi: (Default)
[personal profile] darkoshi
This search query ("I'm the fire of your") returns 5 results:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22i%27m+the+fire+of+your%22

This search query ("I'm the fire of your desire") returns 10 results:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22i%27m+the+fire+of+your+desire%22

*and* the 2nd one says at the bottom, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 10 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

It doesn't make sense. Yeah, I got the lyrics wrong, but still, it doesn't make sense that adding more words to an exact-match query (within quotes) makes it return more results.

Hmmm. Google must automatically filter out pages with the word "desire" unless you specifically use it in your query. Or maybe it filters it when you put it together with another word like fire. Maybe if I were logged into a Google account when doing my queries, and had my settings set to not filter anything, it would act differently.

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 10:08 am (UTC)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
From: [personal profile] marahmarie
What's weird is there are still 5 and 10 results, respectively, but now your post here is in both result lists.

Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017 04:50 am (UTC)
marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)
From: [personal profile] marahmarie
Hmmm. Google must automatically filter out pages with the word "desire" unless you specifically use it in your query.

There's absolutely *no* reason for Google to do that. Why filter out "desire" but not "dreams", when "desire" is probably a pretty common mishearing of the lyrics (Bananarama, "Venus" - I always heard it as "of", not "at", myself, so thanks for the correction!).

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