Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Google goes offline in Tamil Nadu

Internet Bus- Google will be launching a mobile internet bus in Tamil Nadu to spread awareness about Internet and World Wide Web. The reason stated by google guys is that they want to engage directly with the offline population of India.This coupled with the $20 laptop could help India's rural areas get access to some useful resources that could be used to get valuable insight into new agricultural processes and developments.

Mint reports-The bus project is based on four themes — information, communication, entertainment and education, and it would have useful and informative content in English and Tamil, said Google India (Research and Development) Centre Head Prasad Ram.

Google India's blog entry says "The bus is designed to make a simple introduction to the Internet for a new user. With a focus on the four themes of education, information, communication, and entertainment, the Internet Bus will be loaded with useful and informative content in English and Tamil. We'll showcase how the Internet can make everyday life simple through services like search, email, social networking, maps and others. "

It is interesting to see such expeditions coming at a time when Google has shut down some of its projects including its micro-blogging service Jaiku.

The revenues of Google have been on the green. Google reported revenues of $5.70 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, representing an 18% increase over fourth quarter 2007 revenues of $4.83 billion and a 3% increase over third quarter 2008 revenues of $5.54 billion. Also 50% of its revenues have come from its international operations.

Visit website of Internet Bus