David Preston

Musings of an old bloke.

A 'Wow' & Two 'wtf?'s - My Day Using Google

I use Google a lot - most people probably do. Usually nothing worth even a raised eyebrow comes of it but today has been significantly different. The big G has thrown me a series of curveballs all day.

First off, some background - this morning I bought tickets to watch Chic at the Apollo in Manchester next month. The resulting emails arrived in my Gmail inbox and were duly archived. Google Map with personalised contentSomewhat later I realised I had no idea of the Apollo's location in Manchester, so I hopped on Google. What I saw on the Google Maps page made me smile. The email had had the date and time of the gig, and Google had read (and understood) this information and presented a reminder on the page. That's definitely a 'wow'. I fully expect that my phone will remind me about the gig as well, when the time comes, although I want to leave that as a surprise so I haven't checked.

Google postcode serpsNow the first 'wtf'. I was googling a postcode and noticed the description (in the image). WTF Google? Your own robots.txt file excludes your own crawler? I did try to have a look at the Google Maps robots.txt file but it was a 404. Which is a bit of a wtf in itself.

Google Cricket World Cup widgetSecond 'wtf' is a cracker. Google is currently (at the time of writing) showing a Google Doodle to mark the start of the Cricket World Cup. When you click on said image, it takes you to a SERPs page about the competition, headed by the widget shown in the image. Which is all fine and dandy until you notice the note at bottom right (highlighted). "All times are in British Summer Time". Google, you're drunk.

It's February. British Summer Time (daylight saving time elsewhere in the world) doesn't start until the last weekend in March, when the clocks go forward one hour. So, the times in that widget, are they really GMT+1? Or is the note just bunkum? WTF?