July 15, 2009
Google Korea With Dropdown Search Menu
The Google Korea homepage, already different from Google.com for some time, is now showing a dropdown search navigation menu to the left of the search box. Translated it reads All Search - Image - News - Map - Dictionary - Blog - Shopping - Videos - Academic, so it represents the different ways to search Google. The selection box does not automatically trigger a search, though, you will still need to click the search button; also, the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is ghosted as soon as you move away from the “all search” selection.
Doing a search with the “all search” selection shows that this is not quite like the web search of Google.com. More than just oneboxes from different services, the Korean SERPs are quite long and divided into areas like “normal” web results, blogs, shopping, news, or Q&A. This search might be even more “universal” than Google.com’s.