Earth Shattering! Google Chrome Removes http:// – How Will We Survive?

In the recent developers version of Google’s Chrome browser, the http:// has been removed, causing quite a stir among some. I found it interesting only as far as the removal of http:// was long overdue. Most Web browser users do not even care and wouldn’t even miss it. But for some this seemed to be an earth shattering revelation.  For those that do not know it, the http stands for hypertext transfer protocol. Aren’t you glad that you stopped by to learn this important fact? LOL

A recent news article also stated the following:

The reason behind this change is obvious: the URL scheme bears little meaning to most people using a browser – they know it’s there and how to type it, but it doesn’t indicate anything to them. Since computing has been about abstracting away complexity for a while now, it was only a matter of time before browser makers started removing this piece of web history.

That being said, I’m not at all in agreement with the “solution” Google is presenting here. Hiding complexity is not a solution – it’s just hiding something. It’s like Mac OS X hiding away the UNIX file system layout madness with a layer of kid-friendly directories; it only makes things look pretty – it doesn’t actually solve the underlying problem. You can cover up that pile of mangled corpses in your bedroom with a flower-patterned table cloth, but that doesn’t actually address the problem of there being a pile of mangled corpses in your bedroom.

Like I said, some people really care about this kind of stuff. But for the rest of us, life moves on. At least for those of us who actually have a life; I consider myself one that does.

What do you think? Do you care? And, if so, why?

Comments welcome.


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  • Joel G.

    It doesn’t matter at all.
    1. Nobody actually types in http:// and a lot don’t type in www either.
    2. It’s not like people sit there and stare at the http:// in the address bar rather than look at the actual page.

    There’s no advantage to having it there so why have it there.

  • Jack

    This is well overdue, and coincidentally this page is filled with Google Chrome ads LOL!

  • Eddie

    well i don’t actually give a sh!t to be honest
    i know what it does and i know how to spell it if i need it its not the end of the world (well it is for the people who only use Ctrl+C and V) but for most of us, we just don’t care.

    and to be even more honest ive been using google chrome since x mas and i haven’t noticed the it was missing.

    so for me… no. it isn’t even a small issue

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  • ciaron

    My problem with it is that when I copy and paste a link into an email, without the http://, most clients don’t hyperlink it.


    • Ron Schenone

      Hello ciaron,
      Good point. Thanks for bringing this up.
      Regards, Ron

  • Tom Beynon

    @ciaron – Chrome will still copy and paste the http:// part, they’re essentially just masking it from the user.

    It can only be a good thing in my opinion, it might take a while but hopefully other browsers will follow suit.

  • Dan Crawford

    Google why don’t you just make it a check-box in the options menu so us that want to keep it can keep it and those that don’t care about it being there remove it, that would keep every one happy wouldn’t it?

  • Eddy J

    To the extent that http is purely decorative, I can’t see any problem with the google approach. Except there are circumstances where the protocol is not purely decorative – using https, file, FTP etc. And who is to say, necessarily, that we will still be using http in ten, fifteen years?

    I recall that windows has, by default, hidden the file extensions for files for the past decade. Nice on a day to day basis, but a complete nuisance the second you want to mess around with them.