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Re: Looking for verification that Google and Akamai have the geo-ip for set correctly
From: Neil <kngspook () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 15:30:47 -0800

Or maybe they just shouldn't rely on it so much.

It annoys me at the hoops I have to jump through to change the
language on Google-owned properties when they think I'm coming from
Czechoslovakia or Malaysia or some such...  Some, like Blogger, still
don't do it right...

On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM, Mark Foster <blakjak () blakjak net> wrote:
Funny this should come up...

I've found that a local Mobile Broadband outfit here in NZ are using an IP
range that Akamai's Geolocation service thinks is actually in New Jersey.
Causes me some oddness as a result - this despite the fact that Maxmind has
it correct.
Whilst investigating this (just the day before yesterday) the following URL
came to my attention - allows you to check the IP you're on against Akamai's
Edgescape product:


Their customer care team were responsive to an email I sent them (but were
unwilling to make changes without the request coming through their
customer... which in itself seems mad, their info is wrong - why don't they
correct it?)

Geolocation is clever, but seems to be  very retrospective, and very much an
imperfect science... there should be some obligation on people offering the
service to work very hard to keep their data current, given the effect it
can have on an end user.


On Fri, 2 Jan 2009, Martin Hannigan wrote:

Maxmind www.maxmind.com is a fairly good indicator of what geo-locators
seeing, but I recall a recent thread here that there have been
between the various geolocation services.

I think that some of it depends on the reference sources i.e. how many and
what the algorithms are and also the update frequency. Using plain old
data, for example, is notoriously unreliable, but definitely "usable" as a

Might be nice if search engines and cdn's had a verification site for
checking and suggesting corrections i.e.



On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM, Frank Bulk - iName.com
<frnkblk () iname com>wrote:

We were assigned a new block from ARIN two weeks ago and are getting
reports from end users that the Spanish and German versions of Google's
search page are coming up.

IP2Location and Maxmind are mostly correct, but there appears to be no
for me to verify that Google and Akamai have listed

Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction so I can make an
authoritative check.



Martin Hannigan                               martin () theicelandguy com
p: +16178216079

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