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May 16, 2005

Google Be Gone

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It seems like it’s a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face but at least one webmaster has had enough of Google. Dr. Karl-Friedich Lenz decided that the Web Accelerator was the last straw. In a short blog post, he cites his opposition to “enemies of freedom” who are “gaining influence and want to turn the Internet into one big surveillance instrument,” something he feels that the controversial Web Accelerator only facilitates. Google’s mission, of course, is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

But Dr. Lenz goes beyond just disallowing Google from indexing his pages. He also redirects any clicks from Google SERPs to Yahoo instead of the URL for which they were intended, totally breaking the intent of the results. His blog explains how he did it for both the robots.txt and the .htaccess.

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