Why Can’t Google Fix its Own URLs?
[Update: 12th June, 2012 9.31PM IST] The URL https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url/ seems to be working fine. Google has fixed it after all.
Today, I was trying to submit a URL to Google. As usual i simply opened Google and searched for “add url to google” , Google returned me the following results.
The Top Result https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url/ actually gives a 404 error (Jan 22, 2012 – 3.16 AM IST)
Surprisingly when you remove the / (forward slash) from the end of URL, it starts working https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url
The URL has been fixed on Google “Submit Your Content” Page, but search results are still returning old URL.
I always assumed a URL is same with or without the ending / (forward slash). How can they behave differently?Well, it seems they can behave differently and is simple to configure. HN Reply http://news.ycombinator.org/item?id=3494866 (edited)
More importantly why cant Google fix it? Maybe a simple redirection!