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xujie [PersonRank 5]

Thursday, May 15, 2008
11 years ago8,115 views

it's for Wenchuan Earthquake.

:(

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google.cn, cold-blooded!

Google.cn use the word "New!", looks like Google.cn try to use China Earthquake to promote its maps products.

At Myanmar case, Google.com like to a English Donors Page. Maybe Google.cn's "New!" page makes Google.com wrong to think, China Earthquake is a small case and not important.

hummer [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

What Hong Xiaowan said is true. I also felt strange when seeing the "New!" sign.

Aaron Liang [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

The text has now been changed to "关注!汶川地震牵动亿万人心,第一时间追踪全国最新抗震救灾情况" which means "Attention! The earthquake in Wenchuan is affecting hundreds of millions of people. Track the latest situation in earthquake relief", and it links to the search results of "地震" (earthquake) in Google News.

I think it's not as cold-blooded as the previous one, but I still hope that Google China could do more than this.

Google Sucks [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

This time, Google sucks! They have done little for this earthquake until now!

Believe it or not, Google is trying to grow in China. But they seemed blind!

I don't know what Kaifu Lee is thinking!

dsd [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

now google donate 2,000,000 dollars +1,000,000 RMB

mygod [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

That looks like a special Google Custom Search Engine for earthquake help information.


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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google in China has started advertising earthquake information related offerings (well, likely it is Google who's doing the advertisement). The ads point to Google Ditu/ Maps (1), a new Google Custom Search Engine (2), and a community by Google Partner Tianya (3).

1. ditu.google.com/maps/ms?hl=zh- ...


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2. google.cn/intl/zh-CN/qinren/cs ...


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3. laiba.tianya.cn/laiba/Communit ...


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German Spiegel reports that some accusations looking into the roots of collapsing buildings are censored by Chinese authorities, though. Google partner Tianya is mentioned in the article as well.
spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,553 ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

There's also a special Custom Search Engine onebox (the icon is named "alert") triggered when searching for e.g. Sichuan in Chinese:


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Kai-Fu Lee [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I am really saddened to see that many Chinese Googlers working all night on earthquake, only to be greeted with comments like "cold blood".

Some examples of what Google has done:
(1) US $2M donation + working with special agencies on ways to make the biggest difference.
(2) World-wide house ads (www.google.com/chinaearthquake) helping to solicit donations everywhere – this is with similar intent and same expected outcome as the Cyclone case – only difference is no Checkout promo on homepage, since there is no Checkout in China.
(3) A "missing person search" built on CSE (this included over 100 Googlers adding URLs with missing person info manually).
(4) Google Earth fresh images negotiated/obtained in real time.
(5) Google Map with earthquake information, with satellite to be added soon.
(6) Video and blog search enhanced with earthquake headlines.
(7) Various oneboxes as noted above.
(8) Tianya Laiba devoted to Earthquake.
(9) Employee donations around many sites with at least US$200,000 donated (not including company match).
(10) Doubling of company match for employee donations.

The Chinese Googlers have been the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever worked with. I am proud to be working among them. But I am very saddened to see the hard work they put in not recognized, and even attacked.

At a difficult time like this, I hope we can all turn our anxiety and sadness into real contributions and constructive comments.

Kai-Fu Lee
President, Google Greater China

xujie [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

Support earthquake relief in China:

google.com/chinaearthquake/

Tommy Gao [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Good to see the respond from Mr. Lee. (Though I am not sure whether it is from the Mr. Lee himself.)

Personally I have to say that there must be a reason why Google is singled out in the recent event. Despite of the list of things Google has done, I think still at least Google is not doing enough to meet the expectations from the general public.

I am living in a relatively small town in south east United States. While I am so moved to see that our local Chinese student community raised almost $200,000 in the last few days, I am so disappointed to see that Google is only donating 10 times the amount. Yeah, at the end of the day, what Google cares about is business. And Google China is never going to be a company that really cares about China and its people.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> Good to see the respond from Mr. Lee. (Though I am not
> sure whether it is from the Mr. Lee himself.)

Tommy, yes it is authentic. Also see the follow-up post on this:
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beussery [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

New graphic for day of mourning?


google.cn/intl/zh-CN/images/mo ...

beussery [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

seems the link has reached capacity:
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Jeff [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Wow, some people just like to criticize, huh? Calling someone "cold-blooded" for trying to help seems ignorant and counterproductive.

I've spent the last few days in Beijing seeing "staged" donations in the media, and public figures and corporations trying to one up each other with their very public donations of money, blood, and supplies. But, the people of Wenchuan County still need the help, regardless of the motivations. In my mind, it's irrelevant, and the constant comparisons of each entity's respective generosity and motivations miss the point entirely.

But, if you must, here’s an additional point. It would be naive to think that corporations never have an ulterior motive in a situation like this. But, as I’m sure the writers of this blog understand, Google’s culture is very much bottom’s up. Ideas tend to be generated and executed by the engineers before trickling up, as opposed to via top-down management directive. In talking to a couple of friends (both inside and outside of Google) that are working on these projects, that was very much true in this case as well. This was not a calculated effort on the part of Google’s management to take advantage of a very bad situation.

Google's engineers probably could have put a little more thought into the approach, but I would think that other considerations take a back seat to having a useful tool up *quickly*. I haven’t always been a fan of Google’s business practices, but this seems like a genuine case of people wanting to help other people. All of you suggesting otherwise should take a good, hard look in the mirror. Try being a little more productive next time.

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Kai-Fu Lee

Face the sadness, with "New!"(新!) in red color, looked like you are trying to pr the products. And same mistakes for twice...

Then changed to "Attention!"(关注!), this word, still no good. You know when news using this word mainly.

My first felling is "Sadness and Sorrow"(悲伤和悲哀), I do know google.cn did many works and many helps. Only on the word "新!", you are Chinese, you know this word, can be translated to "New!", sometimes translated to "Great"...

Anyway, I believe it is just a temp mistake...so hurry...your guy works so hard. Let's forgot it.

"At a difficult time like this, I hope we can all turn our anxiety and sadness into real contributions and constructive comments."

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]xujie

google.com/chinaearthquake/

This page on Google Checkout, you know, Google Checkout not active in China.

How about link to taobao.com/cn/theme/site/scdz_ ... this page already gathered 17763281.78RMB. Display the real amont at real time.

xujie [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

daohang.google.cn/dizhen.html

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> daohang.google.cn/dizhen.html

It is linked from the Google.cn homepage now.


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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The linked page changed.


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