Google (and other sites) sucks for travelers

OK, if Google knows so much about me, why is it giving me all result pages in Spanish this morning and taking me to Google Mexico? After all, the cookie on my machine hasn’t been erased. They have all my history. Have I ever done a search in Spanish? No. Have I ever translated something from English to Spanish? No. Have I ever visited Google’s Mexico site at http://www.google.com.mx ? No.

So, why, when I want to go to google.com, does it redirect to google.com.mx and give me everything in Spanish?

Hey, Matt Cutts, can you tell the various teams around the world to PLEASE pry into my privacy details somehow and figure out that I speak English, that I want to go to the real Google site (search results are different on the Mexican site than on the English one)?

Oh, and Google isn’t alone. Yesterday I attended a workshop where they were using MySpace. It switched to Spanish too, even though the computers were all setup in America and had English operating systems loaded.

Same thing happened when we were in Germany and Switzerland too.

77 thoughts on “Google (and other sites) sucks for travelers

  1. how about this one, i’m from america, and never left america with my lap top, but i am a CDL truck driver, and i just got back from laredo, and when i was in laredo TX i visited google, and it sent me to the http:\\www.google.com.mx, i thought ok, well the router for the company i work for must be useing a mexico IP, no big deal, but now i’m in Dallas TX and google is still comeing up to the spanis version.

  2. how about this one, i’m from america, and never left america with my lap top, but i am a CDL truck driver, and i just got back from laredo, and when i was in laredo TX i visited google, and it sent me to the http:\www.google.com.mx, i thought ok, well the router for the company i work for must be useing a mexico IP, no big deal, but now i’m in Dallas TX and google is still comeing up to the spanis version.

  3. Yeah, it is even more fun in Asia. What annoys me more than just the cookie issue is that I’m often logged in, and it is showing my gmail address at the top of the page to prove it knows who I am, but still it feels I need the entire experience in Japanese or Korean because I happen to be in a hotel there! Perhaps it is an attempt to get us all speaking foreign languages :-)

  4. Yeah, it is even more fun in Asia. What annoys me more than just the cookie issue is that I’m often logged in, and it is showing my gmail address at the top of the page to prove it knows who I am, but still it feels I need the entire experience in Japanese or Korean because I happen to be in a hotel there! Perhaps it is an attempt to get us all speaking foreign languages :-)

  5. LOL I am laughing my head off here. Just at SDExpo there was the user interface “GURU” who applauded Google for coming up with such a brilliant user interface. I am not kidding!

    Personally I always thought it was garbage because if you don’t switch languages and do a search for say “Microsoft Windows.” You will get all of the results for that language. DUMB DIMB…

  6. LOL I am laughing my head off here. Just at SDExpo there was the user interface “GURU” who applauded Google for coming up with such a brilliant user interface. I am not kidding!

    Personally I always thought it was garbage because if you don’t switch languages and do a search for say “Microsoft Windows.” You will get all of the results for that language. DUMB DIMB…

  7. I’m in the same country Steph is, but in a part that speaks German, not French or Italian. Google decides that I want German pages. Oh, not just on google.com, but on a number of other services. I’m using blogger, every time I visit, I get German until I log in. I’ve set my preferences to give me English, but I still get German until I log in. I’m not going to blogger.ch, or blogger.de, but blogger.com

    And the ads. I often see ads for GREEN CARDS! I’m American, I don’t need a green card. While I can read and speak German, I’m not likely going to click on a German language ad. Then again, I’m not going to click on an English ad either.

    I have set my browser for language preferences, but google doesn’t pay any attention to these either.

    Google _GETS_ a lot of things, but they need to be severely pounded over the head with a clue stick on dealing with multiple languages.

  8. I’m in the same country Steph is, but in a part that speaks German, not French or Italian. Google decides that I want German pages. Oh, not just on google.com, but on a number of other services. I’m using blogger, every time I visit, I get German until I log in. I’ve set my preferences to give me English, but I still get German until I log in. I’m not going to blogger.ch, or blogger.de, but blogger.com

    And the ads. I often see ads for GREEN CARDS! I’m American, I don’t need a green card. While I can read and speak German, I’m not likely going to click on a German language ad. Then again, I’m not going to click on an English ad either.

    I have set my browser for language preferences, but google doesn’t pay any attention to these either.

    Google _GETS_ a lot of things, but they need to be severely pounded over the head with a clue stick on dealing with multiple languages.

  9. Well, I live in France but I like to have all my content in English, the fisrt thing I do after installing FireFOx in any COmputer is changing my setting to English (and no EN-US) everything works fine after that. Also you may try to keep you logged in with you Google Account (that helps a bunch) and change your setting in the setting of Google.

    DO all this just once and you’re free to enjoy all Google’s Content in any languange you fancy.

  10. Well, I live in France but I like to have all my content in English, the fisrt thing I do after installing FireFOx in any COmputer is changing my setting to English (and no EN-US) everything works fine after that. Also you may try to keep you logged in with you Google Account (that helps a bunch) and change your setting in the setting of Google.

    DO all this just once and you’re free to enjoy all Google’s Content in any languange you fancy.

  11. I have a similar problem. I prefer to use Google menus and commands in English (rather than in Swedish) as this gives me more options; but this has the unfortunate effect that when I search for Swedish companies in Google News I get a ton of English-language links on top. (I really didn’t even see the problem until I opened Google News in an IE tab in Firefox and ran the same searches, with entirely different results.)

  12. I have a similar problem. I prefer to use Google menus and commands in English (rather than in Swedish) as this gives me more options; but this has the unfortunate effect that when I search for Swedish companies in Google News I get a ton of English-language links on top. (I really didn’t even see the problem until I opened Google News in an IE tab in Firefox and ran the same searches, with entirely different results.)

  13. Wait until you see Google in Thai! I’m in Bangkok and it defaults to Thai. Worst, either the ISP in the hotel or somebody blogs YouTube altogether. And the entire country seems to be on dialup. So I can’t post to Google Video either.

  14. Wait until you see Google in Thai! I’m in Bangkok and it defaults to Thai. Worst, either the ISP in the hotel or somebody blogs YouTube altogether. And the entire country seems to be on dialup. So I can’t post to Google Video either.

  15. Arg. Google Reader seems to have lost all my subscriptions. I hope this is just a temporary glitch. If not, it’s going to be really painful to recreate them.

    This might prompt me to switch to an offline one, where at least I can backup settings and such.

  16. Arg. Google Reader seems to have lost all my subscriptions. I hope this is just a temporary glitch. If not, it’s going to be really painful to recreate them.

    This might prompt me to switch to an offline one, where at least I can backup settings and such.

  17. Hi, Matt Cutts – but what to do when you try to comment on someones blogspot, being let’s say in Mexico and the whole standard blogger 2.0 comment page is, oops, in spanish. Where is the link now? It took me 30 minutes, I’m not stupid, I almost give up.

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