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I didn’t notice February sneaking up on me at all!!! But then, all of a sudden, there it was!
Sorry January – I meant to make better use of you, but what can I say? It was really cold!!
I had a funky issue with my computer last night that made it so I couldn’t access Google.ca – I could access every other Google version, just not Canada. Boo. In any case, once I got everything sorted out, I was switching back and forth between the basic Google home page for the .com version and the .ca version, and I noticed a tiny difference:
The menu options at the top of the Google.com page are: Web, Images, Videos, Maps, News, Shopping, Gmail, and more. Like this:
But the same menu on Google.ca has slightly different options: Web, Images, Videos, Maps, News, Books, Gmail, and more. Like this:
Now, the fact that the US page would have shopping on the main list while Canada doesn’t, isn’t really that big a mystery. Google is an American company and there are a whole lot of reason’s why they would be less likely to have shopping as a major option for Canadians. But what I found most interesting is that they chose to replace shopping with books.
Google has so many products and services, I just find it surprising that they wouldn’t have chosen something like YouTube, or Photos. But hey, Google is all about knowing everything about their users, so if they say that Canadians want books, I tend to believe them!
That’s all it takes? The band is so big now that typing three letters into Google gets them suggested right away? Of all the other things that I could have been searching for that might start with ‘flo’, Google suggests Florence and the Machine?
That’s a little weird. (Ya, of course I was searching for the band, but I could have been searching for something else… like… Flowmaster Mufflers?)
But do you know what’s even weirder? If you actually search Google for the letters ‘flo’, Florence and the Machine doesn’t even make it into the first page of results!
That’s right! So if you type ‘flo’ into Google, it will suggest that you might be looking for the band, but if you actually hit Search for just those letters it doesn’t think you want the band at all.
What’s up with that?