Google Problems in China

Taiwan recently whined to Google about their maps calling Taiwan a providence of China, and recently Google maps changed. Apparently removing the providence of China bit pissed off China:

Shortly after Taiwan's foreign ministry formally complained, the China reference abruptly disappeared from Google's Taiwan map last week. That change has provoked cries of dismay in China and talk of a possible boycott of Google's service in that country, according to Chinese media.

Google has quickly backpeddled about the reasons behind the change, saying they were just trying to clean up the map image.

The change doesn't reflect Google's political opinion on the dispute, according to company spokeswoman Debbie Frost. She said Google wanted to enlarge its map images to make them even easier for users to see, so it removed all text from the left corner of the Web page.

Since when do you rename countries and providences to clean up the map?

Published: October 20, 2005

Comments

Peter
June 6, 2006 - 12:55pm

Today, Beijing, 6th June, still not working, well sometimes, a bit hit and miss, but I get spam junk from a crowd calling themselves the google health team, copied google logo etc wiht a link to who knows where. Also, the Beijing ofice not only doesn't answer the phone, leaving it to AUTEX, but they never call back in regard to messages either... andddddddd I am STILL waiting for a follow up to a question I posted to their cust sales dept via the web link, got an auto reply promising 24 hours turn around if poss.... that was a week or more back. Are Google still alive.... anyone know?

June 7, 2006 - 9:31am

China Network Telecom just spent about an hour getting google.cn to work in my house. in apple sys prefs>network they added: DNS servers:221.6.4.67, this before was blank, i was getting an error message of too many redirects. gmail.com still doesn't work, but Apple Mail just got all my gmail by pop3. so a good enough situation to lower my blood pressure a little, but it's been a terrible 2 days, mine was fine until i erased my gmail pwd and reentered it to make sure i knew it. I'm also getting timeouts on china mobile gprs for m.google.com and m.gmail.com, but even if the connection seems ok, or through usb sharing w/ laptop (PalmOS5.4 GSPDA Xplore M98-Missing Sync)(get a Treo, it's not that great ;) )logining in to gmail or even yahoo, even wap.yahoo.com never work on Xiino, pop and smtp.gmail.com haven't been able to use on Palm MobileMail, good luck everyone out there w/ google problems. -brandon

October 21, 2005 - 11:58am

Actually I like the way Google is handling it this time. They learn fast since they hired Kai-Fu Lee. Making up a silly excuse works pretty well at times.

Gareth
June 2, 2006 - 7:49am

I live in Beijing and I'm going out of my mind because over the last couple of days google seems to have completely stopped working, not only google search but also gmail and in fact anything relating to google, firefox homepage etc.

Arrggghhh!

Add new comment

(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.
(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.
(If you're a human, don't change the following field)
Your first name.

Gain a Competitive Advantage Today

Your top competitors have been investing into their marketing strategy for years.

Now you can know exactly where they rank, pick off their best keywords, and track new opportunities as they emerge.

Explore the ranking profile of your competitors in Google and Bing today using SEMrush.

Enter a competing URL below to quickly gain access to their organic & paid search performance history - for free.

See where they rank & beat them!

  • Comprehensive competitive data: research performance across organic search, AdWords, Bing ads, video, display ads, and more.
  • Compare Across Channels: use someone's AdWords strategy to drive your SEO growth, or use their SEO strategy to invest in paid search.
  • Global footprint: Tracks Google results for 120+ million keywords in many languages across 28 markets
  • Historical data: since 2009, before Panda and Penguin existed, so you can look for historical penalties and other potential ranking issues.
  • Risk-free: Free trial & low price.
Your competitors, are researching your site

Find New Opportunities Today






    Email Address
    Pick a Username
    Yes, please send me "7 Days to SEO Success" mini-course (a $57 value) for free.

    Learn More

    We value your privacy. We will not rent or sell your email address.