Google Is Struggling With Long Queries

By: Chris Crum - February 27, 2013

Google is currently unable to process search queries past a certain length. If you reach that threshold, you’ll be greeted by a 414 error, with the message, “The requested URL/… is too large to process. That’s all we know.”

Search Engine Roundtable reported on the issue after noticing a Google Web Search Help forum thread. Google addressed the issue in the thread, saying, “Thanks for reporting this issue. We’re aware that this has been happening and are working on a solution.”

I”m not sure what the exact character count is, but I tried pasting in a paragraph of text, and it worked fine. Two paragraphs, however, were too much.

Why would you want to search for such a long query? Well, it is a good way to see all of the other sites who are scraping an article or straight up plagiarizing it.

It doesn’t appear to make a difference in what international Google site you use. The error occurs regardless.

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    It’s been going on for a long time. If you search in quotation marks, it used to say that characters beyond character 32 (if memory serves) were ignored.

    Might be the same number now.

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