Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 14:01 UTC
Google Yesterday, I wanted to leave a link to a search query in a Facebook comment. Then this happened. Please Google, fix your damn query URLs. This is unusable, user-hostile crap.
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RE[5]: g.co OR goo.gl
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 16:55 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: g.co OR goo.gl"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

"Thom isn't ranting about the length of the URL. He is ranting about query format in the URL.

That will also get saved for redirection by the shortened URL. So it doesn't really matter how much crap is in the query string.
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I shouldn't need to use additional services nor should I have to figure out which part of a URL I can safely delete. When I quickly want to pass someone a link to a goddamn *search query*, it shouldn't be more than domain.com/string. Simple. Having it span 4 lines is idiotic.

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RE[6]: g.co OR goo.gl
by Laurence on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:37 in reply to "RE[5]: g.co OR goo.gl"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


I shouldn't need to use additional services nor should I have to figure out which part of a URL I can safely delete. When I quickly want to pass someone a link to a goddamn *search query*, it shouldn't be more than domain.com/string. Simple. Having it span 4 lines is idiotic.


Hmm, I guess that depends on whether you define the full URL - query string and all - as part of the usable site or just hidden mechanics (some browsers even hide query strings from the address bar until you click into them)

In theory, you should never need to see the query string because of how hyperlinks and forms work (eg readable text with a hidden URL behind an anchor tag) - so part of me thinks you're being a little unreasonable.

However it's also true to think people do still copy and paste URLs (as you had done here) so a more user friendly query string does make some sense for usability.

At the end of the day, there are simple workarounds and they don't add a huge overhead on your time so is it really worth Google investing time in rewriting the mechanics of their search engine just to make it more copy and paste friendly? Maybe just a small "copy this link to clipboard" button -which copies a tiny URL- would be a better solution?

Edited 2012-04-18 20:56 UTC

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RE[6]: g.co OR goo.gl
by DHofmann on Wed 18th Apr 2012 22:56 in reply to "RE[5]: g.co OR goo.gl"
DHofmann Member since:
2005-08-19

Hyperlinks eliminate the need to post links in plaintext.

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RE[6]: g.co OR goo.gl
by OSNevvs on Thu 19th Apr 2012 06:12 in reply to "RE[5]: g.co OR goo.gl"
OSNevvs Member since:
2009-08-20

I understand, but these are variables used for specific purposes (stats, referal payouts, etc.). If you don't want to pass on that information, you can just paste something shorter like this: http://google.com/search?q=something

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