posted on Sep, 27 2008 @ 11:09 PM
Most likely it is because people will look for both. It is not uncommon for people to add the same thing, with 2 different names to a list. You
don't want to lose a customer because they are looking for USA on a huge list of countries, but not United States and vice versa. And in general
you want to make it as easy as possible for your customers.
Some people put the entire list alphabetically but then have the US at the top, as the majority of their business is from the US. Or they use a
geo-targeting database of IP ranges to find your general location(I can target you by IP address within a few miles). It's how those ads work that
seem local to you.