Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Here's a problem with the new Blogger profiles. Only recently in the US Census has the government been forced to relook at the classification of citizens by ethnic group. Many Americans identify themselves as multi-ethnic, so the census process had to be reworked to allow people to check off multiple boxes in that category. I think the same thing applies to geography, especially for a service on the Internet that has a lot users in the college-age demographic. If I can be from Ann Arbor : Michigan : China (the only way to get Chinese date headers), and this guy can be from detroit : mi : armenia, then why can I do a search for Bloggers from China or Armenia, but not Bloggers from Ann Arbor regardless of the country they identify with? This suggests that Google is trying to categorize users into a tree-like hierarchy. That's old school thinking.

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