Google Drops Sort By Date But Adds before & after Search Commands

announced yesterday a new feature they are “beta testing” to allow searchers to filter their web searches by dates (something they had for a while but dropped from mobile – it is on desktop). So they announced a new before: and after: search operator that lets you do this. Then quietly noted that they discontinued the by feature in search.

Here is the announcement:

When I saw that tweet, I kept refreshing to see when Google would say they dropped the sort by date option. 13 tweets into the thread, Google posted about that feature being retired:

Here is what it looked like:

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I honestly thought Google added this search operator quickly (I can be wrong) because they dropped the tools to do it within the interface. Google keeps removing more and more search operators, I am surprised they took the time to add a new one?

But Danny’s tweet made it sound like this was something Google has been working on for some time – so I guess I was wrong to assume that:

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