On Constitution Day, Google is showing its appreciation for the constitutions of thirteen countries, by adding them to its search results. Along with the US constitution, Google will provide information about the constitutions of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Micronesia, Norway and Ukraine on the top of its search pages, whenever someone searches for something related to the constitutions of any of these countries. The info will also be available for searches done through Google’s mobile app. While the Alphabet-owned company hasn’t clarified as to why these particular countries were chosen, it has mentioned that more countries will be added to the list soon. “We the People…of Google are always trying to do what we can in order to form a more perfect Search”, is how the internet giant put it in its Inside Search blog, whilst announcing that the new rollout is a result of its partnership with the Constitute project.
Announcing the new feature, Mr. Brett Perlmutter, Special Projects Lead at Google Ideas, wrote, “The Constitute Project helps people access, compare and analyze the world’s constitutions. Now we’re adding more of this content to our search results, so you can find the full text for the United States Constitutionâ€”or constitutions from 12 other countriesâ€”right at the top of your search results page. To try it out, type (or say) “constitution” into Google Search or the Google App and a box will pop up with the Preamble for the United States Constitution and a drop-down menu where you can see all of the accompanying articles and amendments”.
As part of the new feature, a Google search for the constitution of any of the thirteen aforementioned countries will reportedly show summary information about the constitution of the country, with a drop-down menu that will have more details along with links to relevant websites. Google however, did not indicate if and when the feature will be rolled out globally, as so far, it seems as though it is not available for searches performed from outside the US. Either way, it remains to be seen the kind of response Google gets for this new initiative, and if and when the search giant extends this new functionality to netizens worldwide.