It seems Google is adding some additional information to the query. It used to be that you could send people a URL for a search but now this is out of hand. Go to Google and just do a plan simple search for a term and check the address bar when you get results. Crazy.

I did a search for “testing” and look at the results.


Yet, look at the crazy returned URL


What else could they be injecting into the results for them to record? This happens whether or not you are logged-into Google+ so I’m not sure what is up. Does anyone else notice this?



  1. Time to go DuckDuckGo


  2. Fixed comments, but most are just using probably just using HN comments over here >>

  3. Dvkch

    It has been a while, the URL has been constantly evolving, I guess most parameters can be identified: browser, geoloc, interface language, clicked on search or used return, etc. But I am not sure why they are this important for them. “For a better user experience” they’ll say 😉


    • Thanks. From comments on HN and other places, It just really makes the whole thing so unwieldy for everyone. You would think they could get what they needed via server logs vs. messing with the portability of the results URL.

  4. Niko

    I’m also interested in this discussion!


    • Appreciate the email earlier today. Thanks again.

  5. Matthew Persico

    cut everything out after the last appearance of your search term and the url still works. send that shorter one


    • Yes, but if we do that, how can Google monetize my search? I worry about them. 😉

  6. Matthew Persico

    further more, you can skip the search box entirely. all you need is

    with your search term following the =. use + for spaces

  7. Shrinivasan Neelamegam

    I found something similar a while ago, but couldn’t find the root cause, posted a question in linked in to find the answer but I dint have more information on it.


  8. I believe the urls from google look like that at least a year already. One possible “positive” answer is that google wants to check first if the site being reported as “bad” or “malware”.


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