Remember this recent post on Mashable Google: Sorry, Twitter, We Don’t Index the @ Symbol? Those of us on the Boolean Strings group, who are search syntax perfectionists and are tired of seeing yet another suggestion to search for @*.com or *@ibm.com, etc. to find emails, were glad that this info (that is present in Google’s help as well, by the way) was confirmed once again.
It still remains true, regarding searching for emails. Try these search strings:
Now everybody’s talking about Google searching for special symbols. But wait, it hasn’t quite happened yet!
(Let me remind you, how much celebration, tweets, and re-tweets we had just two months ago about Google Showing Results for Punctuation Marks. What happened at that point was that Google started recognizing search strings consisting of just one special symbol such as / or @)
With the necessary reality checks in place (and let’s watch the strings above and hope they will look for emails one day) here is what I have noticed so far.
Google would recognize
- a twitter handle if you put it in quotes: chat “@braingain”
- a hashtag if you put it in quotes: what is “#Followfriday”
Pretty cool! 🙂