31 Oct '11, 1pm

Google Drops Plus Sign from Search Operators: Up until last week, searchers could use the plus sign on Google to...

You may or may not mourn its passing, but Google's quiet dropping of the plus sign as an operator on its search engine last week got a number of journalists and power search users up in arms. Why is Google doing this, and why do these people care so much?Up until last week, searchers could use the plus sign on Google to tell the search engine that particular terms must be on the page for which they're searching. For example, if I wanted to search for craft magazines that mention crochet, I could put [magazine +crochet], without the brackets, into the search box. I can't use that strategy anymore. Since this is still a useful function, Google co-opted quotation marks to take it over. You may recall that quotation marks in Google indicate that an exact phrase must be present; you can now use them for a single word. So my search would now be in the form of [magazine “crochet”...

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