Rant, Web

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.

Add-URL-Search-Results

The Top Result https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url/ actually gives a 404 error (Jan 22, 2012 – 3.16 AM IST)

Add-URL-404-Error

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.

Submit-Content-Page

Question!

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 Post http://news.ycombinator.org/item?id=3494829 (edited)

More importantly why cant Google fix it? Maybe a simple redirection!

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