Linked by David Adams on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 16:40 UTC, submitted by judgen
Internet & Networking Most Firefox users don't realize that Firefox's current existence is owed almost exclusively to its search partnership with Google wherein Mozilla Corp receives a portion of ad revenue from Google queries initiated from Firefox's search bar. This revenue amounts to tens of millions of dollars. Internet users the world over, who are currently reaping the benefit of a renewed browser war with exciting innovation instead of Microsoft-dominated stagnation, can thank Google for that state of affairs. But now that Google has itself entered the fray with Chrome, what does that mean for the Firefox/Google relationship?
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RE: How do they tell?
by grfgguvf on Wed 24th Dec 2008 10:10 UTC in reply to "How do they tell?"
grfgguvf
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2006-09-25

I'm wondering how Google can tell if they search-bar was used or not so I can configure the address-bar to send the same information.


If I search from the search box the URL contains: &aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
If I search from the location bar then it's: &sourceid=navclient&gfns=1

I don't know what is gfns or aq=t for example, but if others could share the URL they get from searching in other browsers we could pinpoint how Google identifies referral info.

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