Poll: Do you check out your clients' addresses via Google Earth?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No Nov 1, 2009

and why would I? What would it tell me?

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xxxInterlangue
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Seldom Nov 1, 2009

Or sometimes are missing in this all or nothing list...

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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Indeed Nov 1, 2009

Mary Worby wrote:

and why would I? What would it tell me?


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Sebastian Witte  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 1, 2009

Like my colleagues pointed out, checking addresses via Google Earth is no use but I often check addresses of people who don't have a corporate website nor appear in the Yellow Pages - both of which imply a considerable degree of verifiability IMO - (e.g. individuals) in the online version of the White Pages. Within the EU, having someone's "verified" address substantially raises the likeliness of getting my hard-earned money in case the debor is in default. If they're located outside the EU, probability decreases a lot because I think in that case I can't take legal action but would have to resort to commissioning a collection agency instead. From what I "heard" (read) on ProZ, that sucks because of high charges deducted and a rather low success ratio.

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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Seldom Nov 1, 2009

Interlangue wrote:

Or sometimes are missing in this all or nothing list...


I have used it once or twice when other information about an agency is minimal.
Once I found that the address was a small flat above a bicycle shop; the client proved to be perfectly bona-fide - but it can give you an idea of who you are dealing with.
Another one was a dockside carpark - that was all I wanted to know!


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VoiceTex
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Sometimes via Google Maps Nov 1, 2009

I sometimes check on the adress if I just feel like doing so out of interest or maybe because something indicates it's at bit fishy.

But I don't do so on a regular basis and not via Google Earth but Google Maps.


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Charlesp  Identity Verified
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Send Google out to check it out Nov 1, 2009

How does one make the request to Google to have them send out one of their Google vans to take pictures in the windows?

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Never Nov 1, 2009

I don't, because I usually know where in the world they are. Zooming into their specific locations is not really useful unless you plan on paying them an in-the-flesh visit. What is useful for me to know is what time zone they are in and what climate and society they live in--this information allows me to better serve my client and helps to have a pleasant relationship. As for their exact location, other than visiting, I see no purpose to seeing it. But I can imagine some of us having fun creating and watching customized Google Earth tours of their clients' offices.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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No, I know where they are Nov 1, 2009

Not far away... most of my clients are local and I know them personally.

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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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No Nov 1, 2009

Mary Worby wrote:

and why would I? What would it tell me?


I agree entirely, Mary!


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Reason for this poll Nov 1, 2009

A while ago I read in the forums about a colleague who got ripped of by a non-paying customer. He then checked their address with Google World and noticed that the address was fake and nonexistent. Had he done this earlier, this ugly story wouldn't have happened.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Looks can be deceiving Nov 2, 2009

If the translation agency is a mom-and-pop affair in someone's home, they still might be a better client than a big agency that pays ridiculously low rates and doesn't really respect the work involved in translating.

Looks can be deceiving. The Organization of American States has a fabulously beautiful campus, yet I waited 2 years for $9,000 they owed to me and only finally got paid when I contacted the Secretary General in person.


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