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A couple French websites talked about Where's Tim today.  After translating them to English, I was a bit surprised to read the negative/paranoid connotation of the comments.  Maybe the intent was lost in translation, but one guy mentioned radio controlled missiles and burglary.  Translations here, here and here to see comments.

I have not been to France or hung out with anyone that has spent an extended time in France.  That being said, I wonder if something about the French culture or government spawns a worst-case-scenario mindset. 

Generally, an American's reaction to Where's Tim is "hey, that's cool" or "I could use GPS like..." or "You could really make some money using GPS like..."  I never really thought about it before, but a reaction to new technology might be a type of cultural indicator.  As an American, I am always looking for the next thing to impress me, or a new profitable opportunity.  That is why I read Digg and all the smart geeks here on GeeksWithBlogs.

Am I completely off base here?  Like I said, I don't know anything about the French culture and I would be very interested to hear from anyone that knows more about France or has an observation about cultural reactions to new technology.

If you want to see other people comments, I generate a RSS feed for all the cool people that link to Where's Tim.


Posted on Monday, November 27, 2006 8:58 PM GPS , Where's Tim | Back to top

Comments on this post: Welcome French readers

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Though I'm not french, I wouldn't take the comments too seriously. The subtle humour may be lost in the translation, but my feeling is that most remarks we're made with a touch of irony.
Not all of them, some worry about the lack of privacy when using a gps to locate people. The missile and burglary remarks we're not all that serious.
Left by Sander on Nov 28, 2006 1:55 AM

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I didn't take them too seriously. I just found the concentration of negative responses interesting.
Left by Tim Hibbard on Nov 29, 2006 9:48 AM

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I'm not French either, but I live in Luxembourg, very close to the French border, and I'm near-native in French.

None of the sites seem to have paid a lot of attention to the purpose of "where's tim". They just make very spontaneous comments (stupid also: "I could use it on my girlfriend" - says on guy - or "Great for burglars" - another) without giving it much thought.

As for French culture, I think in Europe in general people are more wary of anything that may limit their privacy.
Left by Clara on Feb 01, 2007 3:15 PM

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Great post man! Keep it up!
Left by 4396710 cheap on Sep 30, 2010 11:06 AM

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