Google Inc Moving to Tenerife! Eh?

So have I been living in a bubble lately or is this an April Fool’s Day joke that is running a bit behind schedule?

Much as I would love to see Tenerife become the centre of the Google galaxy, I find the news of Google Inc decamping to Granadilla de Abona as announced in a press release by Ars-Novum in Puerto de La Cruz just a little hard to swallow (okay, a LOT hard to swallow!).

Reasons given for the major move include changes  to media law by the Obama administration which will increase restrictions on the Youtube and Google video search channels and the imminent bankruptcy of the state of California.

The installation of the Network Access Point West Africa – Canary Islands is seen as one positive factor behind the move as is the possibility of harnessing green energy to run the internet giant’s service centre and the region’s low labour costs (you can say that again) and tax breaks.

While I find the story unlikely there can really only be three explanations for it, can’t there?

1. It is a badly timed April Fool’s Day joke.
2. It is a crafty PR exercise dreamt up by Ars-Novum to create some buzz about their company.
3. It is true!

Given the astronomical rise in unemployment in Tenerife since December 2009, I can’t think of better news for Tenerife than the investment in infrastructure and technology that a move like this would necessitate. It would also shift the economic reliance of the island and open it up to more sources of revenue than tourism and bananas ;)

Much as I would LOVE this news to be true, I am not holding my breath. Are you?

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Google Inc Moving to Tenerife! Eh? — 4 Comments

  1. Considering the huge number of news feeds that have picked this up… a big zero, I think your nº2 is the most likely suspect.If it were to happen, I hope Google don’t ask Telefonica for broadband… or else they are going to have to wait a long time to be told, “Sorry, the maximum in your area is 3mb”.

    And as far as the employment situation goes… well Google are well known for recruiting the brightest graduates, no doubt they have a redeployment plan for Tenerife’s vast army of unemployed builders, waiters…
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  2. LOL. Very creative on the part of Ars-Novum though, eh? The thought of Sergey and Brin pottering around the Guaza Car Boot Show every Sunday brought a smile to my face this morning though.

  3. Some people, especially expats from broken Britain, find it amusing to play with the hopes of native islanders at times of such economic hardship.

    Leslie, generalisation is a very easy argument tool, don’t you think? Because, it turns out that a significant proportion of young islanders have a university degree. Or perhaps you have purposely overlooked the existence of a three-century-old public university on the island. Oh, well. It might be that Tenerife for you is your English-speaking bubble of the south from which you don’t dare to scape.

    Before making any other “grand” remarks, please remember that you are a foreigner. Check your assertions with someone who actually knows the island and its people. Even better. In an unprecedented effort to integrate -something you British ask everybody else in your own country but fail to do yourselves when going abroad,- put your Spanish to practice and ask the waiters you mentioned what kind of academic qualifications they have. You’ll be surprised.

    By the way. I am from Tenerife and I happen to have a university degree from the University of La Laguna.

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