[plug] Google web search sanitiser

Nick Bannon nick at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sun Oct 21 23:23:15 WST 2012

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 06:34:53PM +0800, Brad Campbell wrote:
> I'm getting increasingly frustrated by the way google wraps its
> search results in a tracking url. I've found several useful Firefox
> plugins which fix that on my desktops, but I want to go a step
> further.

Sounds like I should check that out. Tell us if you find a better

> I started with the idea of the old "upside down ternet" and looked
> from there, but I've not really found anything other than a lot of
> people complaining about the problem.
> Anyone anyone?

Well, I might as well chime in with a complaint about the problem.

Simple Google search results used to use a tracking URL _occasionally_,
random sampling to get some idea of when otherwise anonymous users chose
a particular outgoing search result. At some recent stage they turned
it on pervasively.

Meaning that one can't simply copy and paste a working URL out of
a search result anymore. It adds extra lag to every click on such a
result, perhaps over a slow UMTS link. I can't believe it improves the
results they got from occasional sampling that much. It's not even a
HTTP redirect, it replaces a simple static link with a JavaScript HTML
file that does the redirect. (!)

</script><noscript><META http-equiv="refresh"



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