Google's EWOQ Search Referral String

Nov 28, 2006 • 7:02 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Some people are noticing Google referrals from search strings that look like:

https://www.google.com/evaluation/search/rating/task-edit?task=XXXXXX

This comes from Google's http://eval.google.com/ which only available to those part of the "EWOQ group." SearchBistro has a ton of details with demos of it in action named Google Secret Lab, Prelude.

There is some old forum discussion on it at Search Engine Watch Forums.

When I tried accessing one of the referral strings I was prompted with a 403 forbidden code saying:

Forbidden

The user [username]@gmail.com is not a member of EWOQ. Please contact the ratingprojects@google.com for access.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums and Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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