Google Shows Date Of Content In Search Results From The Future

Apr 25, 2018 • 7:33 am | comments (4) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Back To The Future

Many people think Google is able to predict the future now, based on how much data they have and their AI work. But here is an example of Google showing a date snippet a couple weeks in the future from today, in their search results. A search for [may 2018 ps plus games] returns a snippet that has the date May 5, 2018.

May 5, 2018, in case you didn't know, has not arrived yet, it is 10 days from now. Here is a screen shot:

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Gary Hainsworth spotted this and posted it on Twitter.

How does this happen? Well, the query is looking for [may] and the content is actually dated correctly, showing a date of April 23, 2018. But the content of the article mentions a specific "offer ends on the May 5, 2018," which is why Google is showing that date in the search results.

This might not be a date snippet anyway, it might just be some other form of snippet.

You'd think Google's date snippet code would weed out dates in the future?

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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