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Saturday, April 30, 2005

What’s AOL Up To Now?

If this is true, I need some linkage, please. This B.S. needs to get spread around.

I happened to be glancing at my photo album’s log files and noticed a referral from AOL’s search engine. The log hit was:

- - [30/Apr/2005:22:57:15 -0400] “GET /Titusville2005 HTTP/1.0” 200 34547 “http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/search?encquery=F10ADF197B6A0D03888EC5294C2331C9D2E49E9FC1F3E192986E0BC12D742578&invocationType=keyword_rollover&ie=UTF-8” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; AOL 9.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)”

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but am I seeing an encryption string instead of search keywords? I tried loading that URL and discovered what the keywords were, but does this log entry fake out statistics generators? Does AOL not want web site administrators to know what words their customers are searching with?

Bad, AOL. Very bad!

» Posted by ALBj at 11:14 PM (ET)
Category: Idiot of the Moment

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