like any other vain (and/or bored) sod i occasionally put my own name into search engines - this evening i’ve just encountered some curious peculiarities when searching “everyone’s uploads” on flickr and using my name as a search term - namely: it invariably results in the following message “trevorbrown” as one word is okay but anything [...]

like any other vain (and/or bored) sod i occasionally put my own name into search engines - this evening i’ve just encountered some curious peculiarities when searching “everyone’s uploads” on flickr and using my name as a search term - namely: it invariably results in the following message

“trevorbrown” as one word is okay but anything like “trevor-brown” or “trevor_brown” or “trevor/brown” etc is apparently forbidden (?) and results in the hiccups message, no matter how many times you retry it

also you are able to search “trevor brown book” or “trevor brown anything” - except you are unable to search “trevor brown art” or “trevor brown baby art” - which does seem a bit suspect, no?

i’ve tried to find other blacklisted search terms without success, i can’t replicate the hiccups message with anything else besides my name - you can search child porn or whatever you like to your heart’s content - just too bad if you want to search “trevor brown” (ha, i bet all the other trevor browns in the world really hate me!)

my experiments have been limited to safari and firefox browsers on a mac


Posted: 2009-11-14 13:44:53Author:trevor brown