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Google Global

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Google Global

Do you sometimes wish you could see what the people in England are seeing on Google? Maybe it’s for search engine optimization or perhaps you’re just curious. Either way, I have a quick and safe way for you to take a peek at the other side of the world. It’s all done through a Firefox add on called Google Global. Let’s check it out!

1.) To begin, click here.

2.) Next, click on the Install Now button to install the Firefox add on.

3.) Firefox will warn you about installing the software, but it’s just a plug-in for Firefox, so you don’t need to worry about it. It’s virus and spyware free! Just click Allow and then click on the Install button again.

4.) Then simply wait for the add on to install.

5.) Restart your Firefox browser and you’re done. Now, let’s test it out!

Google Global is a little menu bar that pops up when you right click. Here’s a really interesting example that shows you just how Google targets search results for your region.

1.) Go to Google and search for “Prime Minister.”

2.) Now, take a look at your URL. It should look something like this:

Number one is my Google country-specific domain name ( For the U.S., it’s .com, for the UK, it’s and so on.

Number two (gl=AU) is even more important and you’ll see why in a moment.

Take a look at the top result for “Prime Minister” with my Australian settings:

Now, that’s no coincidence!

3.) Right click and hover over Search Google Global. A small list of countries will pop up and you can expand it if you’d like.

4.) Then choose a country (I’m going to use the UK for my example, because they have a prime minister as well). A new tab should pop up. Now, look at the URL: is Britain’s country-specific Google site, but just going to every time you want to search won’t work. The important part of the URL is the gl=UK bit. That tells Google you’re in the UK. Pretty clever, huh?! Lo and behold, the first result for a UK Google search for “Prime Minister” is the UK prime minister’s Web site.

Of course, that’s a really small example of what you can do with Google Global, but now, you have something else to play around with. Have fun!

~ Brandon Zubek

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