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JoeSchmoe007
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Google no longer recognizes USPS/FedEx tracking numbers?

Is it just me or does Google no longer recognize USPS/FedEx tracking numbers? I used to paste them to FF search and they were properly recognized. This is no longer the case, I need to go to USPS.COM or FEDEX.COM explicitly. UPS tracking numbers are still recognized.



Gbcue
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Both still work for me.



Subaru
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

I noticed this as well with USPS numbers, before all you had to do was paste the number in google search and it would bring it up to the tracking page, but now I have to go all the way to the USPS page and search..

Still works for UPS however.



Subaru
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reply to Gbcue

I know this is not true.



sashwa
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

FWIW, I use Safari 6.1.x and google recognizes tracking numbers for USPS and FedEx and UPS just fine for me.



Gbcue
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reply to Subaru

Click for full size
See photo.


Darkfairy
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

This happened to me recently on a Monoprice order. I put the USPS tracking into Google. Yet in Gmail there was a convenient link that says "Track Package". Strange.
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Msradell
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

They both work for me too!



Subaru
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

Odd they both work now, maybe google looks at this site... hmm

I know last week I had some gauges come up from FL and I had to manually go to the tracking website.



pike
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Washington, DC
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

Funny you mention this. Just a few minutes ago I noticed the same thing. I think it may have something to do with the type of delivery service the shipper used. For example, this is a UPS SurePost delivery.




Maybe it only recognizes the following published tracking number formats?



JoeSchmoe007
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reply to Gbcue

said by Gbcue:

See photo.

Well I just googled USPS package that is already delivered:
=====================
Your search - 93612899490261011***** - did not match any documents.

Suggestions:

Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
Try different keywords.
Try more general keywords.


Subaru
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reply to pike

Mine was not surepost but Priority Mail.



Hall
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

I just checked a FedEx tracking # a bit ago - worked fine.



Hall
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reply to pike

said by pike:

Maybe it only recognizes the following published tracking number formats?

That is absolutely the case. They look for certain # of digits, numbers that start with certain characters, etc.

JoeSchmoe007
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

I just received another USPS tracking number that starts from "9449". This one is recognized.


Mele20
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

You don't need to type in the number to Google. Highlight the number, right click, choose Google and, with FedX, you will instantly get the FedX tracking page for your item.
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WiFiguru
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

Click for full size
UPS works for Google Chrome

JoeSchmoe007
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UPS never stopped working for FF either.



Hall
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1 recommendation

reply to WiFiguru

This has nothing to do with the browser being used...



Hall
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

Here's a "tracking" number I just rec'd for USPS (First Class) that I input in the address bar of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari:




WiFiguru
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reply to Hall

said by Hall:

This has nothing to do with the browser being used...

Actually it might, as most browsers use a different Google homepage URL.
(Example: »www.google.com/firefox)


Hall
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Google homepage URL ? Huh ? What does that have to do with Google's search function ?



WiFiguru
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said by Hall:

Google homepage URL ? Huh ? What does that have to do with Google's search function ?

Just how Google and browsers might handle searching "tracking" numbers.

Why are you asking these questions? Move on.


Hall
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said by WiFiguru:

Why are you asking these questions? Move on.

Because I can and no

Mele20
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reply to WiFiguru

Why are you typing a long number into a browser's address bar? All you need to do is highlight the tracking number in your email or on Amazon's website, etc and then right click and choose your search engine from the drop down menu and the tracking page will open in your default browser.
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Subaru
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said by Mele20:

Why are you typing a long number into a browser's address bar? All you need to do is highlight the tracking number in your email or on Amazon's website, etc and then right click and choose your search engine from the drop down menu and the tracking page will open in your default browser.

This I do this in FF I don't know how other browser do it but in FF it has a drop down for searches so say I switch it from google to ebay, so anything I highlight and click on search ebay for.. it will open a ebay page up.
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Hayward
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reply to JoeSchmoe007

OK maybe dumb question but why even both with Google, shouldn't email notiification just take you to the service site with tracking number embedded? Never even thought to go through Muddle first.
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Hall
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That's a question for whoever sends the email. They can give a direct link to the tracking results at UPS, FedEx, etc or they can give you the tracking number as plain text, forcing you to either a) input it to Google and have it assume it's a package tracking # or b) go to UPS, FedEx, etc website yourself and input the # there.



Hayward
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doesn't have to be text... with http shipper site should be clickable without input.
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pike
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reply to Hayward

Amazon's shipment notification emails for example don't include a clickable link to the carrier's tracking, only the tracking number. They do however provide a link to your order status. That requires entering your password, even if you're logged in. Then you get a quasi-real time tracking screen without detail. And if your package is shipped by SmartPost, the built in Amazon tracking only shows you progress until the UPS to USPS handoff, at which point the status puzzlingly changes to "unavailable". But when you view the tracking from UPS it provides a link to the USPS portion of the tracking. It's quicker and more informative to copy/paste the tracking number from the email in to Google.