An Update on !bangs Syntax
One of our most beloved features, !bangs , is getting a small update. !bangs are shortcuts that begin with an exclamation point '!', and they allow you to directly search on other websites. For example, typing "!amazon shoes" will take you to Amazon.com's search results for "shoes".
Currently, this works with an exclamation point at the end of a !bang such as amazon! , wikipedia! , and yt! . But as our list of !bangs grows, it causes issues with searches that inadvertently contain an exclamation point, e.g., "OMG! Ubuntu!" or "Die, Monster, Die!"
Recently, our feedback channels have indicated that these situations are far more accidental than intended, which wasn't the case in past attempts to make the same change .
And so, we will soon be disabling the ability to use an exclamation point at the end of a !bang. If you have any feedback or questions, leave us a comment below!
Hi, everyone! A few weeks ago, we updated !bangs so that they could only be triggered with the exclamation at the beginning: !amazon vs. amazon!. This was done so that people don't accidentally trigger the bangs with queries like, 'Japanese from Zero!' or 'So Random!'.
However, this turned out to be a bit too strict so we've relaxed it to allow the exclamation at the end of abbreviated !bangs. For example, these will work:
- ubuntu t!
- star wars kid yt!
- a! kindle fire
But these will not:
- ubuntu twitter!
- star wars kid youtube!
- amazon! kindle fire
In short, if there are more than 3 characters before the exclamation point AND the characters match a word in our internal dictionary, then it will act as a normal search instead of a !bang. Note that the !bangs with the exclamation point at the beginning are unchanged and will always work.
Thank you for all your feedback!