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I am based in the UK and over the last few years we have seen a change in the results (on most search engines) where using the default 'pages from the web' option shows results from the UK rather than from the rest of the world, 'the web'.
Selecting the 'pages from the UK' offers a further drill down into more pages from the UK.
But here is what I would like. The default to be 'pages from the UK' and if I want to search pages from the web (the world) I get real results from the world.
Now it could be me but I find the results confusing. If I am in the UK and choose google.com I do not get the same results as those based in the US - why? If I want UK results I will pick google UK. I cannot currently get world results from google UK and select 'pages from the web' unless I use a non UK searh term.
So why do the search engines persist with defaulting to 'pages from the web' when I am based in the UK? I would like the search option to be clear and simple.
Deafult to the UK results on google .co.uk and return true world results when I select 'pages from the web'.
It used to be MSN only which had this problem, this year Google followed.
I find it paternalistic and confusing as well.
Why offer the 'pages from the country' option when they are already pushing local webpages in the Web version?
Within European Google language versions the "pages from the web" variations can be even more strong.
I run a locality based site and I know that there are at least 3 towns in New England with the same name but there is never a mention of them on the first page of a web search with the locality in the search arguement.