Google vs. Upper/Lower Case

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Some weeks ago I mentioned that Google was sensitive to upper/lowercase
search expressions in a bad way. Google gave back different results
depending on whether the keywords were entered capitalized or not.

For example searching for "auto verkaufen" (incorrect spelling) gave
slightly different results than "Auto verkaufen" (correct spelling).
Searching for the incorrect spelling favored those sites, where the keywords
had been written intentionally wrong. Probably the website's creator knew
that most searchers were lazy and did not capitalize the keywords correctly.
So you had an advantage, if you used bad spelling on your website.

Google seems to have changed this behaviour. Now I get the same results,
independent of the capitalization.

Michael G. Schneider

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I once made a survey among German speaking people I know and most of them
said they always use correct spelling when doing German searcher. They said
they use German signs (umlauts).
On the other hand, Polish searchers are lazy and do not use Polish letters.



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Not sure about Google's stats, but on my site I use a search utility that
keeps track on the keywords people use:
It's been my experience that people (almost) never capitalize the letters
that should have been capitalized, for example RJ-45, CAT5, 100Base-TX. From
the recent stats it's 33 searches for 'rj-45' and only 2 for 'RJ-45', and
that's a pretty common ratio.
Therefore, if Google made its searches case insensitive, then it would only
reflect the common trend, which is good: the searches will be closer to what
people think they are looking for.
Besides, Windows is the most used OS, and it is largely case-insensitive,
which, little by little, conditions people to disregard cases in their

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD
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