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They also need to realise there is a world beyond the US. Only 4% of the planets' popluation live in the large land mass south of Canada, so by forgetting that we exist they are messing up a big opportunity. Roll out products worldwide, or maybe leave the US till last.
A text link version yes I agree with that, in fact the text link would of been the better option to roll this out with in the first place.
>>Only 4% of the planets' population live in the large land mass south of Canada
They are based in that part of the world and I don't think it would of gone down very well if they had excluded their own county and tested it in Canada or Europe first.
> They are based in that part of the world and I don't think it would of gone down very well if they had excluded their own county and tested it in Canada or Europe first.
Yeah, I take the point. I do understand that reality, and the reality that corporate america's grasp on geography and the fact there is a world outside the US borders is tenuous to say the least. However, the 96% of the planet's population that isn't in the US do get a bit peeved at the attitude of corporate america, bearing in mind the rest of the world is a much bigger market. However, we are drifting and should stay on topic :(
I think we are missing the point. It's not the question of green, blue and black. It could be customizable, the way adsense code is. It's as simple as that. And I don't think its too much to ask for. Conversion of the refferel buttons will be obviously very less than the regular ads so I was axpecting much attractive buttons than this.
david_uk - WAY more than 4% of active websites are from the US. Also a lot of times traffic from other countries is worth way less than US traffic. Oh and one more thing, don't forget Google is based in the US.
All and all it's best for them to start this US only, and later expand.
I don't think we should be making a big deal out of this, as clearly at some point they will introduce it outside the US. It is fair to say that a lot of people (including Jenstar!) are slighty miffed not to have the opportunity to experiment with the new features straight away.
Regarding Google, whilst being based in the US, they are in fact global. Therefore they should THINK globally. It doesn't make sense to automatically trial and launch everything they do in the US. What works in the US may well not work elsewhere, so trials and launches should happen outside the US as well. Sensible business practice dictates this.
The guy who started Chitika (according to a very authoratitive website run by a senior member here) is Indian, but has no plans currently to take the product to his homeland for business reasons. Why then should a global company that just happens to have an office block in the US not do the same for business reasons?
I'm not suggesting that only 4% of website's are in the US - merely that the US is not the biggest population centre on the planet, therefore a global company shouldn't pick it automatically to trial and launch products. It may make sense to trial and launch products outside the US, and bring them to the US at a later date bug fixed and working. That's exactly what they do with shows playing to London's West End - they tour the provinces to hone them to perfection for a couple of weeks before playing to a London audience. The same probably happens on Broadway. Why not apply the same analogy to a global business?
[edited by: david_uk at 3:35 pm (utc) on Nov. 5, 2005]