Google Force-Feeding Indian Language Sites Upsetting To Some
from the you-must-go-here dept
Google made a small amount of news last week for launching an India-specific site. However, it sounds like not everything went as smoothly as they hoped. Some people in India are complaining about the way the site was launched, and the fact that it forced browsers from India to go to the localized site, often displaying text in gibberish characters, if the browser didn’t have the proper language fonts installed. As the complaining article points out, the results are all still completely in English, so why would they force the homepage to show up in a non-English language? Furthermore, why should they assume that Indian surfers going to Google don’t want plain old Google, and forcing them to go to the localized one? Why not just make it an option? If they can tell that they’re coming from India, how hard would it be to just include a prominent link telling visitors about the new localized Google instead?