Google's Cutts: Dropping ~ Operator Gives Us More Space To Index More Pages

Jun 27, 2013 • 8:28 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google ~TildeTuesday we reported that Google quietly dropped the ~tilde operator due to lack of use.

The operator helped searches find synonymous, a form of expanding your query. It was primarily used by librarians and also SEMs looking for keyword research ideas.

Google's head of search spam, expanded on why Google dropped the feature. Matt Cutts said on Twitter that yes, it wasn't used much at all by real searchers and by removing the operator it take up less "indexing space" Google "could use for more pages."

Here is Matt Cutts tweet:

What would you prefer? More of your pages indexed or the ~tilde operator? Why not both? ;-)

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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06/27/2013 03:43 pm

Yeah, honest, you know how Google's system works better than Google do. We believe you......... (Spot the sarcasm)


06/27/2013 03:48 pm

There are certain people around here who post nothing but headless chicken conjecture as if it means anything. brand is, since I have started to notice him around these comments, right up there with the rest of them. Just think of it as something to shake your head at while you drink your coffee and then go on with your day.

Spook SEO

02/01/2014 09:48 am

I think that would be the answer for some search engine who are trying to beat Google for a long time. They can allow ~ to get those huge people who are using that query.

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