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Google no longer redirects to .co.uk
Flipped the switch

 9:21 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you have a UK IP address Google has recently been automatically redirecting you to the .co.uk domain.

Not any longer!



 9:24 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thats good, That was really annoying me...

Funny, I was trying different search engines out more often because of that.


 11:07 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am still seeing the redirect even after clearing all my Cookies.

brotherhood of LAN

 11:10 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

"me too"

still .co.uk


 11:15 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hmmm that's strange it's redirecting for me now. Looks like Google is testing things


 1:10 am on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

it is the most annoying thing ever, it's a Microsoftesk thing , if I want google.com I'll go there if I want google.co.uk I'll go there, if Google tries to force my hand I'll go to Yahoo or somewhere else on principal!

How dare they decide what's best for me, sometimes little things can be the best galling of all!


 1:20 am on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been beeing "helped" to .co.uk or .de alternatively all day.

On previous occassions when Google have let their geolocation crew test some code on a live server, I've been set as far away as Japan.

Whoever is writing the geolocation code at Google, someone should give them a new set of crayons because they can't write too well with the ones they've got.

It's a day of annoyance every few months. Like being forced to suddenly play whack-a-mole. Completely unprofessional, and bordering on doing evil.


 2:02 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

OK ... just as an example ... I'm away on business in Germany, whilst I'm away I need to get on the internet and look for a UK business, product or service (cos I'm from UK) so really I want to go to google.co.uk .. Google redirects to me say google.de base on the IP address from where I am accessing the internet!

Google is trying to offer people the most relevant results for their area based on IP is probably aimed at boosting Adwords revenue ( may result in a better click through rate) this is all I can come up with it as it is nothing short of taking away people's freedom of choice and seems ludicrous .. is it even legal, maybe some lawyers in U.S. can comment?


 2:04 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it an accesibility issue/infringment? They are making Google sites inaccessible on a location choice.


 2:42 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Given that every Google I have seen has full web search then I doubt that there are any legal problems.

I think that it may be a way that Google will use to allow them to comply more readily with national laws rather than one that breaks them.

My thinking is that if certain sites are illegal in country A, it will make it easy for Google to remove them from google.cctld without having to remove them across the board for all countries.

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