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Feb. 24th, 2010

11:26 am - Breaking right click functionality is evil

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The links in Google's search results are now redirects through Google [EDIT: for select logged in users apparently. But I'm betting y'all will see it soon]. Read more about it consumingexperience. In addition to allowing Google to individually track which links you click, this breaks the "right-click copy" function for the link. This is highly annoying.

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From:phanatic
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I just tried this, and it's not what I'm seeing. I searched for 'fish.' Hovering over the links shows the same destination as the address listed in the link description. Right click -> Copy Link Location -> paste into address bar shows the same.

Edit: Verified that I'm logged into my Google account. Still not seeing this behavior.

Edited at 2010-02-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From:crasch
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I edited the post to make it clear that it's happening to some select logged in users. I'm seeing what's described at the consumingexperience link.
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From:evelynne
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I wonder why you don't have it? I've noticed the Google redirection for a long time (I'm logged in, FWIW). It complicates my Google stalking, dammit.
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From:easwaran
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed this for quite a while, at least several months if not years.
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From:ex_ben
Date:February 24th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Yup, I noticed that it has been doing that for months. Don't remember when it started. Thankfully, Google's latency is not too terrible. It is also keeping a history of the search results you've clicked through tracked within your Google account.
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From:perich
Date:February 24th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Going on for a while now. I don't even mind being tracked so much as I mind losing the copy-paste functionality. If anyone finds a workaround (other than highlighting the link in the search result), please let me know!
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From:zarex
Date:February 24th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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This greasemonkey script seems to work: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/57679
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From:candid
Date:February 25th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
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The OptimizeGoogle addin (which you should be running anyway) has a "remove click tracking" setting.
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From:perich
Date:February 25th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Will download. Thanks!
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From:perich
Date:February 25th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't work. :(
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