Google Won't Let You Search Really Long Queries

Feb 27, 2013 • 9:03 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google is aware of an issue with Google search that won't let searchers query Google Search for really long phrases or paragraphs of text.

What happens when you try? You get a Google 414 Error that says your request was too large to process.

Google 414 Error: Too Large To Process

This was reported recently in the Google Web Search Help forums where Google's Courtney said:

Thanks for reporting this issue. We're aware that this has been happening and are working on a solution.

When will Google fix it? How long has this been an issue? I think it has been an issue for a long long time and I have no clue when Google will fix it.

You can try it yourself by searching for here or just copying a bunch of text and pasting it into the Google search box.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Richard Gailey

02/28/2013 01:55 am

This has been like this for a long time. I remember inputting a ton of text in to Google a couple of years ago and received an error similar to this. I can't remember if I figured out the exact char length, but it's not huge by any stretch of the imagination. [Update] Just checked (used the text from War and Peace) and it tops out at 159 words. 160 words produces the error, although if you have 159 words in the query box and do the search (which works) and then add another word to the end of the sentence already in the box (not a new search; it will be OK. Strange. If you remove the spaces between the words, then it results in the normal error return of not being able to find anything (not the 'too many words' one) It's a word count issue and not a character amount issue. I tested this out on Facebook a few years back and they also had a word amount limit, but remove the spaces between the words and it's unlimited as to how many characters you can post.

Gabriel Sita

02/28/2013 12:27 pm

This is a must. This issue needs to be fixed Google.

Jimmy Maddox

02/28/2013 03:40 pm

I search long queries to find out if anyone is copying my stuff..... Or if I'm writing an article and I want to see if there is anything close to what I have written out there. I mean I dont copy and search the entire document...but I think a 2 or 3 sentence query is reasonable. Its an alternative to using copyscape.

limo hire

02/28/2013 04:54 pm

How could this go unmissed - better late than never....


03/04/2013 11:27 am

I have searched several times with long queries but never came up with this kind of an error.

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