Google.cz was not Google

What is Google

You know what is Google. It's the world's best search engine on www.google.com.

(If you just look for Czech search engines, here is the list).

Now, till August 2006, www.google.cz works fine -- with Google content as you expect.

Google.cz was not Google.com

CZ is the top-level domain for Czech pages.

There was just a copy of a stupid page www.globalsearch.cz on URL www.google.cz till August 2006. Using of domain name google.cz was cybersquatting -- simple exploitation of name Google.com. Google is an American company; none of them has probably had noticed google.cz problem.

The default setting of search form on Google.cz didn» lead into google.com search results, but only to some Czech search engine Zoohoo.cz.

Historical text

Now i»s OK. The rest of this page is just copy of an old text against google.cz exploitation.

This page is only informative

I don't hate the owner of google.cz site. I just want to say into the world: "hey, look here, this seems to be strange".

There is about 17 thousands of users per day on google.cz. Not because any content, but just because this domain name.

Proclamation

In Slaný (near Prague), Feb 23 2004 (translation Jun 30), Duąan Janovský, Yuhů

Last update 16.12.2006.

Czech search engines

First of all, you can search on Google selecting Czech language in Google preferences. If you don't want to change your settings, simply add string bellow into your Google searching url:

&lr=lang_cs

For instance:

http://www.google.com/search?q=something&lr=lang_cs

The biggest Czech pages like Yahoo (with searching):

www.seznam.cz - about 60% of traffic from search engines

www.centrum.cz - 6%

www.atlas.cz - 2%

google.com has about 20%

Czech pure-search engines:

www.jyxo.cz - 1% of users

www.morfeo.cz

Other important sites:

http://slovnik.seznam.cz Czech dictionary (select "anglicko-český" as en2cs)

www.mapy.cz maps

www.idos.cz bus and railway schedule

Some facts about Czech:

cz is the Czech top level domain

cs is the Czech language code

sk is both Slovak country and language (Czech Republic was a part of Czechoslovakia until 1992 with Slovak). Slovak language is very similar to Czech.

CR or ČR is a common short for Czech Republic as used by Czechs in written English. Not Costa-Rica.

Czech Republic is the part of EU since May 2004.

Email me at janovsky[at]gmail.com for more info.

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This page describes that there were no relation between google.cz and google.com. Owner of google.cz just exploited profit of google-like domain name. This page informed Czech readers about google.com. Email janovsky[at]gmail.com for more info.

 

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