Those Mac vs. PC ads are getting a little tiresome now, so for my next cartoon I’ll rip into those two familiar characters to pit the Chinese search engine Baidu against the international search giant, Google.
There are huge regional variations in terms of which search engines and portals are favoured by which nations. The Japanese love Yahoo.co.jp for some reason that is lost on me; I gave up on Yahoo’s lameness about 5 years ago.
Whilst here in China, homegrown variations are preferred, and Baidu is the leading search engine amongst Chinese netizens. Yet, as has been well documented, Baidu is very much tailored to – ummm, how shall I say this – national interests, so you can easily spot gaping holes in what it has indexed for search, and what it has decided to overlook. The same can be said for the compromised Google.cn (nicknamed Guge), which caused a rumpus back in 2006.
Credit where it’s due, however, I really like Baidu’s Chinese-language search, which gives really good results – forget English, though – and their maps (map.baidu.com) are really neat and detailed.
Also, their MP3 search is useful, and just last week it won a court-case in Beijing that was brought by several international music labels, who contended that its “deep-linking” to pirated MP3 files constituted major copyright infringement. But apparently it’s fine. Though Yahoo had a lot less luck in an eerily similar case earlier in 2007. *cough*whatasurprise*cough*