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Old 12th March 2012, 11:20 AM   #1
godfrey is online now godfrey  South Africa
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I've noticed that often when I search for more info on something mentioned in a post on this forum, the first result in Google is the post I was just looking at.

This just happened again, Googling for a patent number that had been mentioned here just 12 hours ago. Yikes! within half a day a casual mention here is not only cataloged, but deemed more relevant than results from dedicated patent websites.

That inspired me to do a little test: I Googled a random phrase ("history being flung around" without the quotes) from a post only 2 hours old, and sure enough that post is the number one result.

WTF? Does Google have a dedicated crawler cataloging everything that gets posted here in real-time or what?
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Old 12th March 2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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It helps that they know you frequent here, thus the diyaudio results come at the top.
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Old 12th March 2012, 11:26 AM   #3
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I'm not a net savy person, but maybe google is somehow using your browsers cache in conjuction with the search term. Try searching from a different PC that hasn't visited diyaudio before.
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Old 12th March 2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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It helps that they know you frequent here, thus the diyaudio results come at the top.
No. I suspected that as well, and repeated the test with a browser I never normally use (IE) and got the same result. I cleared cache, cookies and history just in case, although there was nothing diyAudio-related there anyway. Total clean sheet.
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Old 12th March 2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Looking at the other results and using the"history being flung around" quoted text as a search, it seems that's a very unique set of words. In fact, if you search specifically for "history being flung around" you get three results with diyaudio as the top result possibly because it's the most recent.
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Old 12th March 2012, 01:07 PM   #6
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maybe the search results are influenced by the person who logs in...that way the pc does not matter, cleaning the cache, cookies...once you log in, they know who you are, and what you did on the web...scary
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Old 12th March 2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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maybe the search results are influenced by the person who logs in...that way the pc does not matter, cleaning the cache, cookies...once you log in, they know who you are, and what you did on the web...scary
Let's not get too paranoid now Cookies are the way that google identifies you. If you clear it then you're no longer logged in to google.
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Old 12th March 2012, 01:48 PM   #8
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Can't Google identify you by IP address, PC serial number etc.? It claims that 'personalised' search is a good thing. What that means is that you cannot assume that what you see on Google is anything like what others see. It tailors the search to what it thinks you are interested in, based on your search history. It seems to me that this makes it almost impossible for an individual to see where his own website appears in search results as seen by other people. I regard this as a spectacular own goal by Google, but they are too arrogant to realise this.
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Old 12th March 2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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...once you log in, ...
Huh? Why would anybody "log in" to a search engine?
I didn't even know that was an option.
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Old 12th March 2012, 02:06 PM   #10
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Google is now much more than a search engine. It wants to organise all your life. If you are under 30 you probably regard this as a good thing, as youngsters seem to move seemlessly from having their lives organised by their mum to having their lives organised by technology.
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