Does Google know something about Apple's stock that the rest of us don't?
For at least a brief period this week, when users typed in "sell" in the search bar on Google Finance, Google automatically directed them to the page for Apple's stock, as pointed out in several blogs and a thread on Reddit over the weekend.
Google, for its part, said the result was due to its algorithm rather than any concerted effort to undermine Apple's stock.
"This isn’t deliberate," the company told Search Engine Land in a statement. "Our algorithms seem to be keying off of the words 'sell' and “sells” in the description of this very popular stock symbol. We’re working on how to adjust things so it doesn’t happen anymore."
It appears that Google has since tweaked its algorithm so that now, when users search for "sell" on Google Finance, it brings up a list of stocks, including Selestra, whose ticker is SELL. Apple isn't anywhere to be found.