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Mystery Seeker was a website based on the Google search engine.[1] that until November 30, 2009 had been known as Mystery Google. The WHOIS domain name record for was created on 10 February 2009 with registrant Google Inc, but since February 26, 2017 it has had no website.[2] The website has been featured in a number of technology blogs.[3][4][5] Upon a search query, Mystery Seeker returns the results from the previous search, so “you get what the person before you searched for.”[1]

Mystery Seeker
The logo
The logo found at the website decorated with fog and a moon in the background.
Screenshot of
Screenshot of
Type of site
Search engine
Available inEnglish
OwnerMystery Seeker
WebsiteNo Website
Alexa rankAlexa rank unavailable - Not enough traffic data
Launched2 October 2009; 9 years ago (2009-10-02)
Current statusNo Website
Content license
© Mystery Seeker, 2009

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".[6] 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,[7] making it one of the most highly trafficked social entertainment sites online.


  1. ^ a b Tom Chivers (13 Oct 2009). "Mystery Google returns other people's search results". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  2. ^ Whois Record for
  3. ^ Bosker, Bianca (October 12, 2009). "Mystery Google: Surprise Yourself With Someone Else's Search Results". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ Mystery Google: The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Button Re-imagined
  5. ^ I Wasn't Looking For That: Mystery Google Gives You Previous Person's Search Query | Geekologie
  6. ^ Tech Source Archived 2009-11-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ UVs for November 2012 | Compete