Geo-misslocation

You can’t help but notice the growth of geo-location over the last couple of years and, fundamentally, the approach is absolutely brilliant on one hand and on the other it is bloody awful. When Google, or whoever, correctly identifies your location it helps hugely but so many times it simply gets it wrong. Very wrong.

Our office, in Yorkshire, geo-locates to various districts of London or  Manchester and never actually where it is. My home is located 30 miles away from where Google thinks it is and today, in the East Midlands on the train from Leeds to London it has me located in Sweden.

This is a minor inconvenience for me but for some of our clients that use geo-location for advertising it must be really hurting them by showing totally inappropriate “localised” adverts.

  • John Hyde

    Just checked and yes I’m in the York suburb of London 😉