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For a company that boasts so many employees with MBAs and PhDs, this is an embarrassment. That’s why I’m crowning Google: DUMBASS OF THE WEEK.
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from Kalena 1860 Days ago #
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Thanks for the Sphinn Aidan

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from inkodeR 1860 Days ago #
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Your welcome - thought it was hilarious!

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from fantomaster 1860 Days ago #
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Clueless - more clueless - Google. Lol

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from KenJones 1860 Days ago #
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Winter, Spring, Summer and Fail ;-)

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from MirandaRights 1860 Days ago #
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omg I so totally had to sphinn this.... though to be fair, inside the Googleplex there are no seasons...

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from Kalena 1860 Days ago #
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@KenJones Classic! Interesting that Google have now CHANGED the alt attribute to read AUTUMN. Win :-) Do I have more influence than I thought? Or did Danny make a phone call? Heh

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from Kalena 1860 Days ago #
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Google New Zealand admit via comments to fixing the *mistake* which they’d already spotted. So did they fix Google Australia too?

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from SiteMost 1860 Days ago #
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Yep... Australia has been fixed too now

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from Kalena 1860 Days ago #
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I’m guessing there were some trans-Tasman phone calls made between Googleplexes today

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from inkodeR 1860 Days ago #
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Matt Cutts also replied on twitter "@inkodeR, Kalena called G a dumbass for using "Fall" instead of "Autumn." G responded in less than 2 hours with blog comment & change. Life goes on."

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from Kalena 1859 Days ago #
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@inkodeR Yep, I saw that. Came across as a bit of a "who cares?" comment. Which kind of reinforces my point about American-centricism on the Web. *sigh* But he’s also right in that it was fixed quickly so get over it. I believe I made my point, time to move on :-)

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from MattCutts 1859 Days ago #
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I just felt that "DUMBASS OF THE WEEK" was a bit excessive (dumbass? really? all caps? really?), especially given that we corrected the change fairly quickly. But then again, I don’t get to use the term "dumbass" that often--people would get mad at me if I threw that term around too much.

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from Kalena 1859 Days ago #
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@MattCutts When I published the post, the error still existed. If it had been fixed before I published, I wouldn’t have awarded GG the Dumbass crown. You might think my reaction was excessive, but try experiencing Non-US cultural isolation on the web for over 10 years and you’d understand my frustration. I expect it from Mom (Mum!) and Pop sites, but not from a global search engine with a corporate mission of universal inclusion.

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from NickWilsdon 1859 Days ago #
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Yep the US domination of the web is insulting. The redirection of Google.us to Google.com annoys me the most. COM/ORG/NET/INFO are meant to be shared domain platforms for all countries, not defacto extensions for America. Out of *all* the country level extensions, US is the only one Google do not support. Their compliance on that front would send a strong message to the world that gTLDs (and a part of the internet) is a shared space and not owned by one country.

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from janecopland 1859 Days ago #
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I have to agree with you Kalena: this deserves the dumbass tag. It’s a small issue, but it’s indicative of a bigger issue, both off and online.Even when I was living in the States, I got so damn frustrated with people’s lack of knowledge and respect for The Rest of the World. I’m far from anti-American and I also get frustrated with people here in the UK who view America with arrogant disdain. However, there does exist in that country an mindset that their terms, spelling and dates are (or should be) used by everyone else. It’s amusing most of the time, but infuriating when it feels like a purposeful ignorance.It hasn’t been long since Google asked "did you mean search engine optimization?" to us British-spellers. These little slip-ups are just a bit insulting, so I definitely get where you’re coming from.

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from Kalena 1859 Days ago #
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@Jane Thanks, it’s nice to know I’m not just being paranoid :-)@Nick Not sure I understand your gripe - lots of people own different domain extensions to protect their brand and have them redirected to a .com. Why shouldn’t Google do this with their .us site? Maybe I just didn’t understand what you meant

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from g1smd 1859 Days ago #
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He meant that Google.us should be what people in the US use to get US-centric results, like you use Google.nz to get the NZ slant on things.

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from NickWilsdon 1859 Days ago #
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@KalenaAs Ian says. There is no option to see "pages from the US". We have the .COM/INFO/NET/ORG space and then country level netspace for all countries (i.e. Runet, Uanet etc.). By co-opting gTLD space America has laid some kind of claim of ownership. The gTLD domain space was meant to be international. I don’t blame Google for this exclusively, the problem is deeper and reflects much of the US-bias that has gone into the setup of the web. However their current position in not supporting .US enforces the belief that COM is the extension for America.

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from Kalena 1859 Days ago #
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@ Nick Ah, now I get it. Wow, never even noticed that before but you’re quite right.

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from janecopland 1859 Days ago #
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I take back what I said about Google acknowledging British spelling.

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from fuzzone 1859 Days ago #
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someone got up on the wrong side of bed - did it really need a blog post?!?

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from g1smd 1859 Days ago #
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Maybe, maybe not. But it got noticed and the problem was edited in mere hours.<div></div><div></div><div>An email to Google Support would likely have been like sending it to a black hole.</div>

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from Jeff 1859 Days ago #
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Wow, this is the biggest non-story I’ve ever seen on sphinn...

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from Pulsar 1859 Days ago #
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<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Mistakes happen....big deal. People in this community salivate anytime Google makes the smallest error. (and no I’m not an American)</font>

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from Kalena 1859 Days ago #
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@fuzzone @Pulsar The mistake might seem small to you, but not to me or the others who complained on Twitter. The fact is that they isolated their audience and failed their corporate mission, albeit for a very short time. I guess it would be the equivalent of promoting a Queen’s birthday logo on Google.com. The large majority of Americans don’t celebrate the British Queen’s birthday. It has absolutely no relevance to them. It would confuse people and I’d bet there’d be lots of complaints.This blog post was written and Sphunn before the fix occured and it got the message through. Mission successful.

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from joehall 1858 Days ago #
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I agree with Jeff, this is a complete non-story and has absolutely nothing to do with Internet Marketing. Why did this get on the front page??? 

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from Jill 1858 Days ago #
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Because it has to do with Google, which is a category here.

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