Google Shows Old Twitter URLs In Search Results

Jun 22, 2011 • 8:46 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Twitter result in Google@dixon_jones, a well known and respected SEO, asked Google's JohnMu in a Google Webmaster Help thread why Google shows the old Twitter URL versus the new Twitter URL in the search results.

For example, my old Twitter URL is but the new style for the Twitter URL is!/rustybrick.

Yes, Twitter uses the new AJAX schema for the URLs. So why does Google show the old version without the #! in the URL?

JohnMu explained because Twitter redirects the #! to the old URL.

Google crawls AJAX URLs using the AJAX-crawling scheme which results in the URL looking like this instead When you look at what Twitter does when you access that URL, bots are redirects to the old URL.

#1 Server Response:
HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:46:47 GMT
Server: hi
Status: 301 Moved Permanently
X-Transaction: 1308746807-27933-10397
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:46:47 GMT

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