Google Maps Showing Bulgarian In English Maps Listings

Nov 18, 2010 • 8:16 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Earlier this month we complained that Google Maps was showing Asian characters in an English map listing. The issue with that listing was it was edited to be displayed that way - so it didn't appear to be Google's fault and thus I had no right to complain.

But now, Gabs pointed me to a different issue where a verified listing has Bulgarian characters for the city name as opposed to the English equivalent.

The listing is over here and the page is all in English except for the city name, which is St Albans or Сейнт Олбанс. St Albans is a city in southern Hertfordshire, England.

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So why is it showing up in this language when it is owner verified?

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11/19/2010 12:01 am

Barry, Google has been doing this for 18 months now. Slightly different but for 'southbank restaurants' (lovely restaurants in the centre of London) Google serves up Australian results:


11/19/2010 01:01 pm

Google is showing Australian results because it believes you're looking for 'Southbank' in Melbourne. It's a case of mistaken location rather than mixing up languages. If i do the same search as you i get correct UK (London) results. Are you logged in when you search? Have you checked your location setting (left hand column)? This


11/19/2010 02:33 pm

Myles - I know it isn't the same as the example posted by Barry, which is what I stated in the original comment - i'm merely just pointing out that Google still has a problem in determining the most accurate search results based on location. This has been happening since June 09 in the UK (I do have more examples). If Google thinks that as a UK searcher I want AUS results - then I personally believe this to be a massive flaw, don't you? Not logged in and personalization turned off.


11/20/2010 10:32 am

I'm a Bulgarian and also a SEO, but this is the first time I see such a bug and it doesn't make any sense at all. I mean no matter what settings you have or what keywords you have enetered the whole address should be in one language :-)

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