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Hey, what happened to http://?

Asked by lloydbird (8704 points ) September 18th, 2010

The last couple of links that I have done have had the http:// prefix replaced by some kind of globe image. What has gone on here?

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Seek's avatar

Google Chrome? Mine’s doing that too. Maybe the HTTP is implied. After all, who really needs it?

Vortico's avatar

Yes, there are still too many internet users who say h… t… t… p… colon… slash… slash… w… w… w… over the phone, so I assume Google Chrome decided it was not a priority to always display the http part or the slash after the domain. HTTPS addresses still show up, since some users look for this while entering sensitive information to a web page.

I think it’s an excellent feature to reduce clutter and further simplify the web browsing experience.

jrpowell's avatar

Chrome removed it. I’m a bit pissed since it breaks copy and paste. If you copy and paste a url it adds the http:// back in. Sometimes I don’t want that.

Vortico's avatar

@johnpowell I would pissed if copy-pasting did not include the HTTP. Including only the domain name and path will not automatically become a link when using Facebook chat, Skype, Apple Mail, and Fluther in some cases.

jrpowell's avatar

@Vortico :: And that is why it never should have been removed.

Vortico's avatar

@johnpowell I’m all for simplicity and minimalism, so I like this minor feature. It shows Google’s desire for easy computing for the masses.

Gamrz360's avatar

Yes I know, what happened to the good old times.

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