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Google Plus Search Operator Discontinued

Oct232011

Google Plus Search Operator Discontinued

Google Plus search operator is no longer available and you now have to use quotation marks even for single words and search for [“ai”].

The plus operator was useful for single words and it was intuitive, considering that the minus operator is employed to exclude results that contain a certain word. If you search for [ai], Google matches terms like “artificial intelligence”, “Adobe Illustrator” etc. and that’s not so useful. To restrict the results to pages that include “ai”, you had to replace your query with [+ai].”

google plus logoAccording to Web Search help center,

“Google employs synonyms automatically, so that it finds pages that mention, for example, childcare for the query [ child care ] (with a space), or California history for the query [ ca history ]. But sometimes Google helps out a little too much and gives you a synonym when you don’t really want it. By putting double quotes around a single word, you are telling Google to match that word precisely as you typed it.”

google plus search operator

google+ search operator

[Thanks, Alex]

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