Thursday, May 18, 20061 comments
Several months ago there were concerns about the speed of Google in Jordan. A short time later, Google released Google.jo, which seemed to correct the speed issue, but did so in a presumptuous way.
After all, just because I live in Jordan doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to surf on Google.jo. The functionality was essentially the same aside from the fact that it displayed in Arabic (an option that was easily changed with a click). But the fact that Google assumed certain functionality for its users was a bit disturbing. This happened while I was in London recently, as well; my default page was Google.uk.
Call me picky, but if I want to use the traditional Google.com site, why redirect me to an alternative page? This is the era of web 2.0, after all. I should be able to have my cake and eat it too.
It appears that sometime in the past week (it may have happened before, but I didn’t notice it until recently), Google restored my lovely dot-com page with an option to use Google.jo.
Smart move, Google. I remain a fan.