What if Google had an office in the Philippines?

The question in my title is actually asked by Philippine SEO guru Marc Macalua, in the Philippine SEO community’s mailing list. He had another ‘eureka’ moment and things went on from there. Along with the main idea espoused in the title above, he had the following setting drawn up in his mind:

Pretend for a minute that Google had a Philippine office and was very
active in the local webmaster/SEO scene. Imagine meeting one of the
Googlers in the next SEO Philippines EB.

1- What questions would you ask him?
2- What gripes/complaints would you raise?
3- What suggestions would you give?

Hmm..pretty interesting and exciting isn’t it? A lot of the members in the mailing list have already pitched in their clever questions-answers to the three mentioned above. You have to join the mailing list in order to find out what they answered and I’m telling you, it would be well worth your time and effort.

As for my answers to this fancy dream-come-true scenario I have the following to say..err ask to one of the Google guys:

What questions would you ask him?

Will Google open its own social bookmarking site?
When will Gmail be open for public sign-up?

What gripes/complaints would you raise?

How come Gmail doesn’t have smilies??? The same goes to Gtalk.

What suggestions would you give?

Make AdSense ‘understand’ content, particularly blog posts, written in Filipino or Tagalog better so that Public Service ads wouldn’t be displayed all the time. πŸ˜€

How about you? What questions would you ask to the ‘Google Philippines’ (sana nga) guys or gals?

7 Replies to “What if Google had an office in the Philippines?”

  1. Hmmm… I've just realized it's weird that GMail and GTalk don't have smilies but Chat built inside GMail has simple animated emoticons.

    I agree with you having AdSense understand content. I pulled out my AdSense codes because ads appearing in my site contain unrelated content, which is usually on another (usually Latin American) language.

  2. What questions would you ask him?
    Could you optimize my site for me so it will be more SE friendly?? If it's not too much to ask. :p I've tried several SEO articles yet no one seems to be working for me. Haha.

    What gripes/complaints would you raise?
    I don't like the design of Gmail, quite dull for me. But other than that, I don't have problem with this great mailing service.

  3. @Jam:

    I think it's just a matter of taste. I like the GMail interface way better than Yahoo! Mail Beta, which is full of clutter and irrelevant button/banner ads. I guess I've got taste for a simpler, cleaner look. Yahoo! Mail Beta is even bulky slowing down my browser just by viewing it. Oh, I'm sorry. This is about Google and not Yahoo! πŸ˜› *peace*

  4. I'm with Aja lapus on this one. I love Gmail and everything – okay, nearly everything about it. I tried Yahoo! Mail Beta and I'm sorry to say it turned me off even more.

    It's slower, bulky and it crashed my browser after a few minutes of intensive usage (just to test the limits on my end). It was a brave attempt to be at par with Gmail though, but still, I love Gmail.

    Peace πŸ™‚

  5. Gmail rules. If you wanna love it more, sign up for Gmail for domains so you can have your own @domain email address. You're right about Yahoo! Mail Beta. It's so baaaad.

    Regarding Gmail being open for public signup, isn't that already the case?

  6. Gmail for domain truly rules! I wish our university has applied for it, just imagine a Gmail-powered e-mail carrying the DLSU name. πŸ™‚

    I think Gmail was opened fo public signup only in Japan. I wonder how long will it take to be open to the rest of the world.

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