I haven’t been to any netcafes because I have my own laptop, I run Fedora Linux and connect to the internet with a Huawei EG162 USB mobile broadband modem. The netspeed is really limited, and I can’t even download large file and see a movie. Today is Saturday, and I don’t need to go to work tomorrow, so I came to an internet cafe nearby to see a movie online.
But when I opened IE7 browser trying to type a website address to download a P2P software, I saw a different Google China (谷歌 g.cn) logo. This is the default homepage of IE7 in this netcafe computers on http://www.google.cn/hp?sp=china&client=aff-cafe-icafemedia , which seems to be Google China cafe edition.
I am sure this is a specialized Google China homepage for netcafe computers, in the url, I noticed there’s a word “icafemedia”, I searched this word on Google, and found iCafeMedia (北京网媒趋势科技有限公司) is a company in Beijing specialized in developing netcafe computer system software and providing netafe services. Google may be cooperated with them prompting G.cn in China, where most people come to the net cafes to get online for gaming or chatting with their friends.
Well, this is the G.cn default homepage, Google China cafe editon has a different logo and layout compared with it in the image below. This homepage seems to be specially designed for Chinese netcafe users, where people have a glance at the top searched keywords, top music searches, and top novel searches, while music search and novel search are the frequently used Google services in netbars.
- Google China (G.cn) default homepage: http://www.google.cn/webhp?source=g_cn
- Google China cafe homepage: http://www.google.cn/hp?sp=china&client=aff-cafe-icafemedia