Five reasons to avoid using maps on your website

Robert Frost wrote that good fences make good neighbors. Yet when it comes to virtual fences, visualized as maps, I’m not sure there is any way to create “good fences.” So many regions around the world are under dispute. And …

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Singles Day: The world’s largest shopping day

As I mentioned a few days ago, Singles Day arrived well before the official start: 11/11. But now that it has officially arrived, a thought a few screen shots would be in order. First off, Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com reports …

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Singles day is coming! On many websites it’s already here

As I write this on November 5th, Singles Day (November 11th “11.11”) is nearly a week away. Singles Day is the world’s biggest shopping day, a virtual event that originated in China, popularized by Alibaba, and, thanks in large part …

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The global evolution of Apple.com

After posting my Web Globalization Report Card video I was asked to comment on the global evolution of a few websites. So I thought I’d put together a brief presentation on Apple.com, a website most everyone is familiar with, and …

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COVID flattened the language curve, and that’s actually good news

I began the Web Globalization Report Card back in 2003. It became the first report of it kind to benchmark global websites and I’ve been publishing this report annually ever since then. For the first time in all those years, …

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The top 25 best global websites from the 2021 Web Globalization Report Card

I’m pleased to announce the publication of the 2021 Web Globalization Report Card.  This is the 17th annual edition of the Report Card, and it reflects a challenging year. Yet there is much to be optimistic about as we look ahead. …

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Websites celebrate Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox

This has become a bit of an annual tradition for me, taking a virtual tour of a number of global brands, seeing how they celebrate Lunar New Year (牛年), particularly to customers in China. As in years past, the color …

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The most popular posts of 2020

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Just before we wave good riddance to this year I wanted to share a list of those articles that were the most visited. I started this blog back in 2002, so I’m always surprised when I see something I wrote …

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