Google Permanently Removes “Change Location” Search Feature by @dantosz

Google Permanently Removes “Change Location” Search Feature by @dantosz

Google Permanently Removes “Change Location” Search Feature by @dantosz

In case you use the “Change Location” function to see Google search ends in completely different areas, you could have observed the function has been coming and going over the previous few months. There have been several articles published within the final week concerning the disappearance of the function.

Earlier this week, Google confirmed it has completely eliminated the function. 

In a recent statement, a Google spokesperson stated the function wasn’t getting used sufficient, “So we’re focusing on other features.”

Here’s what the search filters appear like at present:

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This software was used, most frequently by digital entrepreneurs, to view Google search outcomes as if you happen to have been in a special location. For instance, if I wished to see who ranked #1 for “pizza” in Chicago native outcomes whereas positioned in Florida. Or, if I wished to see what corporations rank for “pest control” in Canada. There may be now no strategy to inform Google you’re in a special location, although you possibly can block your location solely.

Even utilizing a special nation’s area extension didn’t make a distinction. These are the outcomes I acquired utilizing incognito and going to www.google.ca (I’m based mostly in Jacksonville, Florida):

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Why Did Google Make This Change?

It may must do with the “Right to Be Forgotten” legal guidelines which are passing in Europe. These laws are essentially ineffective if all customers must do is change their location to the US and search. Eradicating this function would forestall customers from exterior the US from accessing www.google.com.

The function was probably largely used by search entrepreneurs, because it had few functions for the typical consumer. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see what different options Google is specializing in.

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