Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Great Firewall? Google Now Warns Chinese Users When Search Terms Could Cause “Connection Issues”
Those who don't live or haven't recently traveled to China may not have experienced this first hand, but Google Search has been known to be "inconsistent and unreliable" in mainland China -- to use Google's words. Error messages like "This webpage is not available" or "The connection was reset" are common and those errant queries then prevent users from searching again for a period of time. In a blog post today, Google's search team said that, after "taking a hard look" at its own systems, the problem isn't emanating from Google's end, and is instead "closely correlated with searches for a particular subset of queries." As a result, Google search will now be notifying Chinese users when their search terms are likely to cause these interruptions.