Mystery Seeker

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Mystery Seeker
The mysteryseeker.com logo
The logo found at mysteryseeker.com, decorated with fog and a moon in the background.
Web address www.mysteryseeker.com
Slogan “What will you search for?”
Type of site
Search engine
Registration None
Available in English
Content license
© Mystery Seeker, 2009
Owner Mystery Seeker
Launched 2 October 2009; 9 years ago (2009-10-02)
Alexa rank
Decrease 3110015 (Global, November 2015)
Current status Online

Mystery Seeker is a website based on the Google search engine.[1] Until November 30, 2009, the website was known as Mystery Google, but on December 1, 2009, the name changed to Mystery Seeker. It has been featured in a number of technology blogs.[2][3][4] Upon a search query, Mystery Seeker returns the results from the previous search, so “you get what the person before you searched for.”[1]

There is a trend among the people on Mystery Seeker to add so-called "missions", where the next user is asked to do something. For example, "Your mission is to copy and paste this until you see it again. Then and only then will you be a true ninja".[5] Other examples of possible missions include telling someone you love them, sending someone a get well card, mailing a banana to someone, etc. There are also references to MLIA. Due to the high number of posted missions involving phone numbers, Mystery Seeker received enough complaints to remove phone numbers from the site. However, the developers are testing Mystery Missions Beta in order to allow the continuance of missions.

A number of phrases yield intentional responses (easter eggs).

In November 2009 Mystery Seeker had 440,000 unique visitors,[6] making it one of the most highly trafficked social entertainment sites online.

Google has not commented on any possible connection to the site.[1] The domain name www.mysterygoogle.com is registered to a private registrant as of 2 October 2009.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tom Chivers (13 Oct 2009). "Mystery Google returns other people's search results". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bosker, Bianca (October 12, 2009). "Mystery Google: Surprise Yourself With Someone Else's Search Results". Huffington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Mystery Google: The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Re-imagined
  4. I Wasn't Looking For That: Mystery Google Gives You Previous Person's Search Query | Geekologie
  5. Tech Source
  6. mysterygoogle.com UVs for November 2012 | Compete
  7. http://whois.domaintools.com/mysterygoogle.com

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