don’t localise me
Morning horror: I type google.com into the URL field of my browser and get a Norwegian version! Google has started to forceably redirect anyone who goes to google.com while in Norway to their new Norwegian site: google.no.
They did this in Australia two years ago, and I hated it. How dare they assume that they know what I want! I’m perfectly capable of typing in google.no if I really want the Norwegian version. How about trusting that if I type google.com I actually WANT the .com version?
Thank goodness, after a few minutes, I find a “Google in English” link, click it, and they reset my cookies so that from here on I get google.com when I type google.com – with a persistent link to “Google in Norwegian”. I suppose that’s OK. Maybe even helpful. I found no such out from the Australian Google two years ago. But you know, I’m a nomad, I don’t want localisation. I want to be able to travel and know that the web will look the same from whereever I am.