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Google China's new directory
daohang.google.cn
bill




msg:3277522
 2:14 pm on Mar 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

Google China has a new directory in their Labs:
[daohang.google.cn ]
The site has a lot of AJAX that will let you move sections around so that you can customize the layout.

This will be a welcome addition to the host of new features that Google has been adding to their Chinese site:


 

amznVibe




msg:3277647
 4:33 pm on Mar 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

For even more fun you can use their own translator to make it english ;-)

[google.com...]

Shak




msg:3277671
 4:49 pm on Mar 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

from my last conversations with Google folk in China, there are over 100 new features/applications in the pipeline for Google China.

looks like some are starting to be released slowly to get the market reaction.

no doubt Baidu will be racing along with similar features very quick, but for once Google is getting the head start.

should be fun to watch

Shak

walkman




msg:3277956
 11:02 pm on Mar 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

>> Google China's new directory

they call this a Chinese directory? You can't even order a General Tsao chicken from it :)?

In all seriousness: what's so special about this? It's just a page with links to other sites? How hard can it be to replicate? Is something lost in the translation?

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3278155
 4:25 am on Mar 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

whatcha think... early ground work for a Google Portal?

I was always saying that Korea would be a good testing ground for that, but could just as easily be for China.

bill




msg:3278170
 5:00 am on Mar 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

I like it more than the directory on the English portal: [dir.google.com ] which is now buried. With everyone complaining about the quality of DMOZ lately you would think that more people would be interested in getting another directory on Google.

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3278503
 5:46 pm on Mar 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

I like it more than the directory on the English portal: [dir.google.com...] which is now buried. With everyone complaining about the quality of DMOZ lately you would think that more people would be interested in getting another directory on Google.

haven't you heard... new stuff outta asia is automatically not intersting. ;) :p lol

but really... I like it better. The korean g directory is still misery and more useless than my belly button lint.
[google.co.kr...]

interesting they chose China to do it first...probably indicative of China's size and focus towards that market and uniqueness of the Korean one where a totally different approach needs to be taken.

again, though... on the "Google portal" thing

you got a much slicker directory in China...the shak man says they got tons in the pipeline (as they certainly do here in Korea as well with their new research center), they tried the new "cooler" image search (which flopped but still...), they are offering 2.8gb non-invite gmail accounts in korea and ajaxing things up, they have been playing with a combined search results page (ala Korean "combined SERP"). plus they have their normal array of extras (including their online applications)...

just slap it all into one page, finally ad some asia-fide design... launch in asia (korea or maybe China) where no one really notices or cares even if they do...

and BAMM! you have an instant Google portal (proper) and competitor to local portal players that they can tweek, and play with without causing an uproar to all the "just search" purists back Stateside.

with baidu in China, maybe they will stay the simple route.. but I don't see why not "portal-up" out here in Korea where they play around and not effect their miniscule market... (make it choice for users). if it sucks, then no biggy.. people love it...well then..there you go.

heck might even have a few koreans use it for things other than western pr0n and "not-royalty free, royalty-free" image searches, and a file dump (2.8gb! goooo gmail korea!). =P

er... don't mind ... too much coffee.

bill




msg:3278819
 12:55 am on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

I agree that the portal models have been very successful in Asia. To a certain degree I think that they need it more in China, Korea & Japan than elsewhere. Of course the key will not just be AJAX gimmicks, but quality of the services offered.

I can't really judge the quality of this new directory yet. One would hope that it will be better than the DMOZ implementation. I'm sure that the SEO/SEM people will be happy to have a new channel to get their sites listed in Google.

sem4u




msg:3279129
 9:06 am on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

A page of links? That's it?

Maybe I missed something considering I can't read any Chinese!

bill




msg:3279142
 9:15 am on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

The Chinese directory FAQ is here:
  • [google.com ]

    It seems like they're showing pages in accordance with their popularity in the Google index. I'm still not completely clear on how everything works, but it's definitely a bit more than just a page of links.

    The FAQ do confirm that this service is only in Chinese now, but that it may expand to other languages in the future.

  • lfjigu




    msg:3279364
     2:17 pm on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

    from my last conversations with Google folk in China, there are over 100 new features/applications in the pipeline for Google China.

    looks like some are starting to be released slowly to get the market reaction.

    no doubt Baidu will be racing along with similar features very quick, but for once Google is getting the head start.

    should be fun to watch

    Shak

    I don't think so,Baidu has hao123.com and it is the largest directory in china.

    strayly




    msg:3282501
     7:23 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Google is behind baidu over in China

    Shak




    msg:3283166
     9:14 pm on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    strayly

    welcome to WebmasterWorld

    and yes we gathered that, but they are both aiming to be global companies in the long run, and there is a long way to in this sector.

    shak

    MrJin




    msg:3287310
     3:55 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

    i like it

    bill




    msg:3287850
     11:30 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Welcome to WebmasterWorld MrJin. What in particular do you like about it?

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