Google Launches New Regional Domains in Iraq, Tunisia

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Continuing on its quest to cover all of the world's top 40 languages and 99 percent of its Internet users, Google has just launched two new domains for Tunisia and Iraq. The localized domains, google.iq and google.tb, will provide customers in those countries with more pertinent, regional results -- and give Google two additional platforms on which to serve advertisements.

"The new domains will help people in Iraq and Tunisia find locally relevant information, faster," according to the product manager who posted the news on Google's official blog Thursday afternoon. "For example, a search for [central bank] on the Iraq domain yields results relevant to someone in Iraq, such as the Central Bank of Iraq. On the other hand, the same search on the Tunisia domain returns slightly different results."

Users of the new domains will be able to search in their preferred languages. The Tunisia domain accepts Arabic and French; the Iraq domain, Arabic and Kurdish. "In th past, people in these regions would need to visit the domain for another country to use Google in an interface they were comfortable with," Google explained. "And when they did, the results would be relevant to a different region."

The new launches bring Google's list of localized domains to 184, with 15 domains in Arab countries. The search giant plans to add even more domains in the coming months.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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