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When you search for the search term Tesla or AOL you get the following URLs:

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=Tesla

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But, for the automobile maker, you get:

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=%2Fm%2F0j6n6s8

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So what is the %2Fm%2F0j6n6s8 part? I know it URL decodes to /m/0j6n6s8 but how is it being encoded??

One more example of AOL (search term) vs. AOL (company)

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=AOL https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=%2Fm%2F0plw

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  • It may be just id from their database, as it is sent by server when you type your query, this is not generated by client – morsisko Jul 14 '20 at 15:34
  • It may not be id e.g. for AOL it is a 3 letter plw etc. – pathikrit Jul 15 '20 at 14:42

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