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Google Offer for Nobody

February 19, 2015

My weather app offered me this banner this morning:

OK, Google, take me to the nearest hair salon. (Try it now)

I’ve been looking for a new salon. “Nearest” has never been in my criteria. Under 10 miles would be a plus, but “nearest”, nope.

Granted, there are certainly people who LOOK as though that was how they chose. The Unstyled Look might be a feature of Techie Non-Chic. Innate kindness generally prevents me from asking, “Is that how you wanted it to look?” because it is hard to believe the answer will be “yes.”

I can imagine the ad team starting with “OK, Google, take me to the nearest bar” and then deciding it was not PC. Ditto, “take me to the nearest barber.” Let me recommend instead coffee, brew pub, parking lot, lottery seller, sandwich, drugstore, sports store, deli, Dunkin Donuts (or Tim Hortons), Apple store (oops, never mind), fish market.

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