Is Google Losing Its Global Edge?

Suw Charman says “I still think there’s a fundamental mental block regarding the rest of the world from a lot of American companies and developers.” She points out the new Google Maps application and its glaring lack of any country besides the US of A.

I was thinking the same thing myself the other day when I first tried it out.

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First, I looked up my home, as I imagine most people do, then I scrolled west and west and west, thinking “Shouldn’t Japan be coming up pretty soon?” But it didn’t, just lots of blue water…
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In Google’s defense, I’ll assume this is another one of their “beta” projects. It is pretty nifty and I do hope other countries are forthcoming,

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.

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