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GoogleNACK (as in Negative ACKnowledgements)

I don't understand this behavior, but many Googlewhackers have been asking about it.

Possible explanations, from least to most paranoid and grandiose:
  1. Things don't always work just the way you'd like!
  2. Google has a temporary index glitch, and they're working on it... please stay tuned...
  3. Increasing loads are breaking Google -- since it's the only site most people ever use :-)
  4. A secret consumer-focused index, now in beta, returns only places to buy stuff you don't need.
  5. With secret META tags, crap merchants have tricked Googlebot into indexing only their pages :-o
  6. Someone at AdWords has gone over the edge and is selling "Solo Results" -- for a price!
At first it was the "cleaner girl" bug, but a more fitting name may be GoogleNACK (as in Negative ACKnowledgements).

Here's my analysis so far... (Added Tue 2003-10-07 09:00 EDT Seth Finkelstein has a theory about Google spam filtering.
 

Subject:  Google Whacked
   Date:  Wed, 01 Oct 2003 16:30:22 -0400
   From:  Gary Stock

Curious... for the past few hours, this has qualified as a Googlewhack:

   cleaner girl

Having been at this for a while, I can assure you that can not be true!


   http://www.google.com/search?q=cleaner+girl

   Results 1 - 1 of about 443,000

Yep: Google US thinks there are 443,000 copies of that same porn page.

Folks on The Whack Stack have tried it from several states, and all get
the same results.  For a little while, earlier, the single word
"cleaner" found only 148 results in the entire Google database:

   http://www.google.com/search?q=%22cleaner%22

Although now it returns well over 6.3 million, as it should.

I'm not recommending that particular page of porn... but, hey :-)


Subject:  Googlewhack found a BIG index glitch
   Date:  Thu, 02 Oct 2003 11:16:48 -0400
   From:  Gary Stock
         
...what actually happens, in rapid succession (and not visible to the eye): 

   http://www.tangycandy.net/nudeyorkrude/mac.html

   http://65.113.112.24/cgi-bin/11512.cgi

   http://adserver1.adventory.com/click.php?aid=34273&bid=75634

   http://www.qksrv.net/click-1315335-5463217?loc=http%3A//www.ebay.com/

   http://www.commission-junction.com/track/track.dll?AID=5463217&PID=1315335&UID1811=
          ewuc9yq-801920729-1065049487923-27&CBID=hqzherq&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2F

   http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/ck/711-1751-2978-71?loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2F

   http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?RedirectEnter&partner=31179&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2F

   http://www.ebay.com/

Seven (!?!) redirects can't be helping.  But, someone at
commission-junction may like it this way...


Since I noticed, a few snapshots:

   http://www.google.com/search?q=cleaner+girl

   20031001:16:20 EDT  Results 1 - 1 of about 443,000
   20031002:10:20 EDT  Results 1 - 1 of about 710,000
   20031002:10:30 EDT  Results 1 - 1 of about 726,000

Similar results for clients on both US coasts, and even offshore.  


Simultaneous anomalies:

   http://www.google.com/search?q=%22cleaner%22

   20031001:13:50 EDT  Results 1 - 10 of about 148

Yes, that's 148, no zeroes.  That's resolved, but still on the move:

   20031001:16:20 EDT  6.30 million
   20031002:10:20 EDT  9.30 million
   20031002:10:40 EDT  7.20 million
   20031002:10:41 EDT  8.15 million


Subject:  Googlewhack finds more index trouble
   Date:  Thu, 02 Oct 2003 20:53:06 -0400
   From:  Gary Stock
   

Since 20031002 17:39, at least:

   http://www.google.com/search?q=game+candle

   20031002 20:20 EDT   Results 1 - 1 of about 321,000

   http://www.candlelightstories.com/



   http://www.google.com/search?q=game+candles

   20031002 20:20 EDT   Results 1 - 1 of about 463,000

   http://www.decorative-ideas.com/candles.htm


These are direct 200 server responses; _not_ a series of 302's...

Hmmm...

   G irl C leaner   (78.2 M x 7.6 M)

   G ame C andles  (109.0 M x 3.8 M)

The pair [game candle] is trouble whether candle is singular or plural. 
However, [girl cleaner] singular is troubled, and [girl cleaners]
behaves correctly.


Crossing the pairs has odd, statistically impossible results, too:

   [game candle]  AND [girl or cleaner]   NONE
   [game candles] AND [girl or cleaner]   NONE

   [girl cleaner] AND [candle OR candles] NONE 
   [girl cleaner] AND games               Results 1 - 1 of about 67,000


Adding common tokens fails; uncommon near matches behave correctly:

   [game candle coffee]                   NONE
   [game candle coffer]                   Results 1 - 10 of about 1,360
   [game candle coffes]                   Results 1 - 10 of about 19
   [game candle coffed]                   Results 1 - 8 of about 11

Coffee was the first common token I tried!  Among a dozen others, I
found no other example that forces the result count to zero.


Subject:  Googlewhack finds more evidence
   Date:  Mon, 06 Oct 2003 08:06:02 -0400
   From:  Gary Stock

A few new pointers from my end (x marks the impossible result):

1. Single results appear always to be merchants, misleading, or porn. 

2. Results may be bounded > 1, but still orders of magnitude small.

3. Pluralizing one token may, but does not always, correct the problem.

4. Pluralizing both tokens may, but does not always, correct the problem.

5. In at least this case, A+B does not equal B+A:

 x motorcycle  candles     Results 1 - 1 of about 71,800
      http://www.bikerjava.com/

 x candles     motorcycle  - 0 -

=====

 x candle      truck       Results 1 - 1 of about 122,000
      http://www.gormetcollection.com/bc05.htm

 x candle      trucks      - 0 -

 x candles     truck       - 0 -

 x candles     trucks      Results 1 - 1 of about 85,300
      http://www.nacollectables.com/Candles1%20%20Monster%20Truck.htm

=====

 x candle      girl        Results 11 - 16 of about 680,000

 x candle      girls       Results 1 - 9 of about 665,000
      http://www.xxxcomfort.com/xm307/223/tgd2.htm

 x candles     girl        Results 21 - 26 of about 523,000

 x candles     girls       Results 11 - 15 of about 562,000

=====

 x candle      bracelet    Results 1 - 1 of about 78,400
      http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/ginnysgems/BraceletGallery/br8.html

   candle      bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 83,400

 x candles     bracelet    Results 1 - 5 of about 72,900
      http://magnet-therapy-bracelet.com/shop/default.php?cPath=36  +...

   candles     bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 118,000

=====

 x candle      necklace    Results 1 - 1 of about 79,000
      http://www.tace.com/items/18179.html

   candle      necklaces   Results 1 - 10 of about 61,300

 x candles     necklace    Results 1 - 4 of about 75,300
      http://www.e-picture-frames.com/necklace.asp  +...

   candles     necklaces   Results 1 - 10 of about 96,800

=====

 x candle      cleaner     Results 11 - 12 of about 69,300

   candle      cleaners    Results 1 - 10 of about 53,200

 x candles     cleaner     Results 1 - 8 of about 106,000
      http://www.discountcandleshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/2086

   candles     cleaners    Results 1 - 10 of about 78,800

=====

 x candle       modem      Results 1 - 1 of about 51,400
      http://www.indifferential.com/item/_Copper_Rocket_SDSL_Modem/i39813.htm

   candle modems           Results 1 - 10 of about 11,200
   
 x candles modem           Results 1 - 1 of about 48,600
   http://www.webbcompany.com/product_search.cfm?Page=10&USER_CATEGORY=Desk%20Accessories
   
   candles modems          Results 1 - 10 of about 11,700

=====

 x motorcycle  candle      - 0 -

 x motorcycle  candles     Results 1 - 1 of about 71,800
      http://www.bikerjava.com/

 x motorcycles candle      Results 81 - 87 of about 45,900

   motorcycles candles     Results 1 - 10 of about 56,500

=====

 x keyboard    bracelet    Results 1 - 1 of about 55,500
      http://www.richardsmusic.net/gifts/jewelry/index.asp

   keyboard    bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 33,700

   keyboards   bracelet    Results 1 - 10 of about 6,570

   keyboards   bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 30,400

=====

 x speaker     bracelet    Results 1 - 1 of about 51,400
      http://www.rosemariespeaks.com/shop/

   speaker     bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 27,800

 x speakers    bracelet    Results 1 - 1 of about 54,400
      http://www.auto-audio-full-range.com/development_soil.html

   speakers    bracelets   Results 1 - 10 of about 54,000

=====

 x holder      truck       Results 1 - 7 of about 223,000
      http://www.genericgifts.com/w-348.htm

 x holder      trucks      Results 1 - 1 of about 130,000
      http://www.rackwarehouse.com/tr23001.html

   holders     truck       Results 1 - 10 of about 191,000

   holders     trucks      Results 1 - 10 of about 146,000

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