Google and Guanxi(ÂÖ≥Á≥ª) in China – Onemanbandwidth blog
The data does not surprise me as Google pays little attention to the unique needs of Chinese users. The sad part for Chinese users is: Baidu’s top search results are pretty much bought and paid for by advertisers; so, the average netizen is not getting an honest cyber-portrait of the best site for his query. And expats and tourists to China are more likely (based on my personal un-scientific study involving 25 new visitors and 15 fossilized expats) to use Google to find services and businesses in their area. And they would get infinitely better results by using Google or Yahoo!: type in Embassy phone numbers China and none of the top 10 entries will get you to a consular officer. In contrast, Google gives you 7 official and unofficial sites that will help those in need of a bureaucrat. [Full Text]
Read also Don’t Hand Me That Gu Ge by Michael Zhao via Forbes Magazine.