Google, I Was Joking, OK?!

Ian Lurie

OK, guys, my post yesterday about Google going downhill was tongue-in-cheek, OK? So stop putting the hatesss on me!
Since about noon today, almost any search I do from my innocent Macbook Pro gets me this page:
I’ve checked carefully, and I’m pretty sure I’m not an automated program. Unless I’m living in a matrix designed to keep me happy while I provide power to a race of intelligent machines…

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is the founder of Portent. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (that's more than 25 years, if you're counting). Ian's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Ian is now an independent consultant and continues to work with the Portent team, training the agency group on all things digital. You can find him at

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  1. Funny… same thing happened to us a few weeks back and still happens occasionally. We aren’t automated bots either. 🙂

  2. Do you use Keyword Ranking tools or any other bots that might be hitting Google too frequently? If you aren’t then maybe somebody on your IP or IP block is doing this.
    You also might have a Firefox extension doing automated queries (assuming you are using Firefox).
    There could be a lot of reasons you are getting this but these are the most frequent that I see.
    While you may not ‘think’ you are doing anything, there may be some program on your computer doing something or there might be someone on your network doing something.

  3. Cough. No. Definitely not. We wouldn’t be testing any new tools we’re building.
    Cough. You hear that Google? We’re not… doing… anything… bad.

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