Google Transit Sends Upset User Superman Cape

Adam Darowski blogged about getting some really bad advice from Google Transit, specifically asking him to “cross an eight-lane highway on foot.” So how did Google respond?

Joe Hughes of Google Transit sent Adam a Superman cape and a letter apologizing for the inconvenience. Here is the letter:

Dear Superman,

Reading your blog post about Google Transit at SXSW made us wonder if you were losing your powers—I mean, how hard could it be to leap over a simple 8-lane highway intersection, man of steel? We’ve enclosed a new cape—hopefully it will help you find your powers again.

…seriously, though, Adam, we’re sorry that Google Transit sent you on such an expedition, and we wanted to let you know that we’ve since improved our routing, so that it returns more plausible walking sections at the start & end of transit routes.

Cheers, Joe Hughes Google Transit

Now that is funny!

Google is known for doing things like this. In the past, Adam Lasnik from the Google Web Search team sent acetaminophen for the headaches AdWords were causing one advertiser. Adam also sent a pen to after they made a funny blog post about their Google pen running out of ink.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Marketing | Google: Transit


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  • DavidDalka

    I don’t really think it is a joking matter.

    Why not fix it in one day and comment on the blog like Google should instead of having a stunt like this weeks later?

  • David

    That’s too funny – nice to see they still have a sense of humor at Google.

  • David

    I was considering getting a Google tattoo somewhere and see if I get a gift from them.

    I do buy a lot of stuff from the Google Store (the black polos are NICE)

    I was hoping for a couple of lava lamps and some beanbags for my home office just so I look way cool when I get my small business clients around.

    Also some Google Coffee Mugs would be nice too.

    Dare I do it??? Can I get into trouble for getting a Google tatt??????

    UK in USA

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