Two things have annoyed me today with using Google.
1. Google targetting my search results to my geographic location
2. Being unable to paste text copied from Google Translate (thanks to Chris at Estupendo for flagging that one up)
The first one came about as I had Googled “potato soup recipe” on my desktop PC up in the office. The first result was a recipe on the BBC website – simple as you like… and one I thought I’d get on with for lunch. However, upon firing up the laptop down in the kitchen (so I could follow the recipe down there)… a whole different set of search results came up, targetting my results to my location of Albox. If I had wanted a “Potato soup recipe from Albox”… I would have typed “Potato soup recipe from Albox”.
Google started targeting search results geographically some time ago. However, it was waiting for you to select that option on your Google screen. Today on one of my machines, it had selected my nearest town. Not sure how – maybe I’ve clicked a button or something… but to be fair I should be able to switch it back to how it was previously. Computer says “No!” Yes I know I can expand the search to city, country etc… but … … …
I got around the problem by adding the word BBC to my search term… but had I not known that the original URL existed, I would not have known to do that. I’d have been running up and down stairs to check recipe stages… or written it all down. With this filter of search engine results in place… and I then give a set of figures to a client… they may well differ to the results he sees on his own computer… simply due to location. So tell us Google – what exactly is the benefit of the geographic filter? I get that it works great for Google maps, Google shopping, and certainly for targetting with Google Adsense – but for general searches? Yawn! By the way… the soup turned out beautifully!
Copy and Paste
Onto the second gripe of the day. Has anyone else noticed that you can no longer copy and paste the translated result from Google Translate? I received an email from a contact today… and to be honest, I wondered if he had been doing something wrong at first.. or whether his computer was playing up (sorry Chris!) But no – he was absolutely right. We have now tested this on 3 computers – all the same. So when did this happen, then Google? Is it going to be fixed? Or are you about to launch your own chargeable translation service?
I’ve tried Googling (spot the irony) for the solution… but I doubt anyone in Albox would have the real answer!!