Sep 092006
 

It looks like The New York Times gives you different content based on your location. Unfortunately, it looks like they have some bugs in the system. From my local desktop in London:

> HEAD http://www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/index.html
404 Not Found

[…]

From my account on a machine in California:
> HEAD http://www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/index.html
200 OK

[…]

Basically, this means that my web browser sees nothing here in London while it looks like everything is okay in the United States. If it weren’t Saturday, I might actually try to call someone at The New York Times.

After more testing, I found out something even better: www.nytimes.com and nytimes.com return different pages!

[Further update: the behavior of the site is changing as I type this post–I suspect the good people at The New York Times are making changes as we speak. Too bad that 8 AM EST is the middle of the day in London.]

 Posted by at 7:42 am

  One Response to “Customized content by location goes awry”

  1. didn’t you hear about the nyt self-censorship of an article on the recent terrorism investigations?

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06247/717531-96.stm

    bbz

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