Google.com may be one of the most popular pages on Earth and the one that most people use to find what they're looking for, but Google has been offered in many different languages for many, many years now.
There is a Google Search version for almost all the countries of the world. Now, two more join the fray, Google Iraq and Google Tunisia.
The two new domains, google.iq
are the latest in a long list, there are 184 Google domains at this point.
"We offer search on different regional domains, such as google.fr for France and google.dj for Djibouti, in order to provide the most locally-relevant results," Abdel-Karim Mardini, Product Manager, Middle East & North Africa at Google, wrote
"We've steadily brought Google to many of the world's domains, and today we announced on our Google Arabia Blog that we're adding two more: google.iq for Iraq and google.tn for Tunisia. This brings the number of local Google search domains worldwide to 184, with 15 domains in Arab countries," he added.
The new domains offer Google Search in English but also in the local languages, Arabic and Kurdish in Iraq as well as Arabic and French in Tunisia. The localized domains ensure that the results that are relevant to that particular location are favored.
Power users will want to stick to Google.com in English since it always gets new features and technologies first. If the language is not a problem, Google.com is also going to have the most relevant answers for most queries out there. The differences aren't great, but they do exist.
Most people aren't power users though, so having Google in their native language providing results catered to their location is a great boon, especially in the developing countries where many are only now coming online.