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/ig recommendation is a tad off...

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

Thursday, April 19, 2007
15 years ago3,083 views

I tried out the recommendations for the new Google Homepage service. Here are the very beta results:

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

15 years ago #

To be clear: I don't speak whatever language that is.

or [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I have never gotten a recommendation that contains content from another lanquage. Is it possible that recently you clicked on a couple of search results leading to a website that was in that language, or used another language google domain recently?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

They will actually check your browser's preferred language via the language-accept http header. Because I was also surprised as I received a lot of Chinese gadgets in the recommendations, but I checked and it was my fault: I had Chinese set as preferred language in my browser (to test [Firefox -> Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> languages...]

Some Google services unfortunately set a cookie to remember this preferred language setting, so that sometimes leads to bugs – you switch back to e.g. English, and Google will still display some pages in Chinese.

Michael Schaap [PersonRank 3]

15 years ago #

I have a weird result too. This one is not language / character set related.

   amstel gold race
   Recommended because you searched for postkantoor and selexyz

(Amstel gold race is a cycling race. Postkantoor is Dutch for post office, and Selexyz is a Dutch book store chain.)

Huh? I did indeed perform those two searches, but what in the world to they have to do with a cycling race?

   – Michael

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