Since I posted this strange Google search result last month, I have to share this one, too. It’s a search that I did yesterday on Google. But first, a quick background.
We have a U2 fan forum as part of @U2, my long-running U2 site.
Forums attract a lot of spammers, as many of you know.
When a suspicious account registers on the forum, I’ll often do a Google search for the username to see if this spammer has been setting up accounts on other forums. The search term is usually (username) forum profile.
Historically, Google does a fantastic job of showing me other forum profile pages with the same username as the new account on our forum. That was then, this is now.
Yesterday’s Search & Results
Yesterday, we had someone register on the forum with the username stindy. The account showed some telltale signs of being a spammer, so I did a Google search for
stindy forum profile
and look at what Google did with that query:
The entire first page took the “stindy” username and translated it into a search for streets in Indianapolis. Not a single “forum profile” result. In fact, there were no forum results until the bottom of page three. The first 27 results looked like what you see above.
Crazy, I’m telling ya.