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Google More Popular in UK than in US

     
6:00 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The report, from Web monitoring firm Hitwise, found google.co.uk topping the list in the UK in terms of both market share of visits (48%) and volume of searches (63.7%). The figures put Google UK ahead of its US parent, which Hitwise said represents 36.6% of all visits and 56.7% of all searches by US Internet users.
6:59 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, we lot in the UK are less fussy with the quality of SERPs we get ;)

Seriously, though, I wonder how different these figures would have been if Google didn't force me to the .co.uk when I wanted to do a search on the .com.

8:28 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Use www.google.com/ncr as the ncr stands for no country redirect and will leave you at the .com!

Read that off a DaveN post some place :)

8:52 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Or just click "Go to Google.com"
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Generally speaking and for the broader audience, it takes Europe a couple of years in some cases to implement mainstream US tendencies. It was so with eBay, Google and now blogging. On the other hand the US is slower than Europe when it comes to cellphone market tendencies.
11:21 pm on Mar 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I appreciate the suggestions but the wider Googling community may not have access to those useful tips.
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Or just click "Go to Google.com"

Does not work in Firefox's multi-search bar that I use: go to Google.com is not persistent, and redirect is extremely annoying and even on fact connection I feel delay that is totally unnecessary: if they want to use UK's datacenter then just return UK's IP on attempt to resolve google.com

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As if those numbers from hitbox/websidestory have any hope of accuracy.

None of the numbers they come out with ever seem to compare to what I have seen for any sites.

12:15 pm on Mar 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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if Google didn't force me to the .co.uk when I wanted to do a search on the .com.

Surely I'm not the only one in the UK whose Opera, Firefox and MSIE toolbars all default to Google.com?

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I'm sure that at some point someone will get this thread back on topic. :)
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I've found that Google.co.uk throws up some very good results and at least we get the option to use either .com or .co.uk unlike MSN which seems to be mule by any other description.

MSN.co.uk is not too bad however MSN.com is a joke in my sector.

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I am not surprised by this news!