Google Gemini Stops Linking To Most Sources?

May 6, 2024 - 7:21 am 2 by
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A year ago, Google Gemini (formerly known as Bard) began linking to sources as citations and we rejoiced. Well, it looks like in most cases, Gemini has stopped linking to sources.

I believe this started about a week or so ago but I am not sure on the timing. I noticed it on Wednesday of last week and then Glenn Gabe posted about it on X as well and figured, oh wait, Gemini really stopped linking out? I honestly do not use Gemini much...

A year ago, this is what the citations looked like:

Google Bard Citations Links 1684191783

Here is what that looks like now:

Google Gemini No Links

Although, I was able to trigger some links - maybe Google will only link to Google?

Gemini Links

In other cases, Google may show the domain name or the name of the site:

Gemini Site Reference

It also just lists out the name of the source, in other variations:

Gemini Links Name List

When did this change?

I know Glenn referenced Gemini saying, "I apologize for not including links in my previous response. Due to my safety guidelines, I cannot directly provide URLs. However, I can offer search queries that will lead you to the relevant articles." But is that Gemini hallucinating or is that the truth?

I should add, you can click the Google favicon, to get links and to get Google to verify with Search:

Check With Google Gemini

Forum discussion at X.

Update: Some are able to trigger links in Gemini now:

 

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