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Please Google – stop teasing me with American carrots!

Henry Elliss
Henry Elliss
Managing Director
21 July 2009

They just don’t taste the same as English carrots!


If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know how excited I was this morning when I received the above message in my Gmail inbox. Yippeee!” thought I – “they must finally have opened Google Voice up to a UK beta test as well!”. I knew from the few blog posts I’d read reviewing Google Voice that it was opening up to beta testers, so I’d hastily registered to be notified when it opened up to the public, a few months ago now. Things looked promising when I clicked the links and went through to registration as well:

Yippee - all that lovely phone goodness will soon be mine!

Yippee - all that lovely phone goodness will soon be mine!

Sadly, as has happened countless times before with other sites, I was dealt a crushing blow on the next screen when the truth was revealed to me – it’s still only available in the US…

"Google voice is not available in your country" :(

"Google voice is not available in your country" :(

I initially thought I’d make the most of my excitement by writing a quick summary of the features despite this setback, but after chatting to Neil about it, it occurred to me how rubbish it is that Google can still tease me like this, despite the HUGE wealth of information it knows about me. Is it too much to hope that Google might use some of this information to deduce that maybe, just maybe, I might actually not be in the US, and point this out to me at the registration stage (i.e. when I asked to join the beta)?

Heck, I don’t even think they’d have to look far to figure out that I’m based in the UK – my public Google profile is FILLED with information that points to me being in the UK. And I don’t even just mean information they might have to *guess* at – look at the little map in the corner, with the marker for “Where I live now”! : )

I know this probably seems like a bit of a whinge, but I’m genuinely shocked that a company with one of the cleverest algorithms in search, and a desire to index the world’s information, can’t put 2 and 2 together and make life a little less stressful for me!



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