Keeping *far* away from the "P" word;
"it hurts Google's reputation."
It could, I'd cut them a little slack as it is a little too early to judge the impact of PPC on Google.
Adwords are supposed to go live immeadiately - so how are they "edited for relevance"?
Go live immediately? Really?
Forget about the "P" words -- Pandering, Pornography...
What about the "T" word -- Trademark?
Surely Google screens the adwords somehow. They can't be that anxious to be named as a defendant in that huge lawsuit.
What a boring world if we can't even laugh at Enron! I'm just glad I put all my money into excite and webvan!
Here's a chuckle:
How and why should Google decide what is most relevant? And if they did try to use "better judgement", couldn't they be sued for discriminatory practices? The sponsored link does in fact pertain to Enron, which is all that Google should care about. The fact that it's worthless to the vast majority of people is really irrelevant.
Besides, with how fanatical some people collect historical "junk" (for lack of a better word), this link is very pertinent to them.
If Google intends to be a shill for shameless consumerism, then it should not pretend to be a search engine.
If Enron fooled Wall Street with a fake trading floor and with thousands of offshore partnerships and bogus financial reports, then it should not have pretended to be a corporation worthy of investment by ordinary folks with precious retirement assets.
(There are laws that apply to Enron, but no laws yet that clearly apply to Google. That's probably because Google is only three years old, while corporations are over 100 years old. However, we all have common sense and innate ethical standards that we can apply to Google. If search engine optimizers think spamming and opportunism is okay as long as you can get away with it, then I should be hanging out in a different forum.)
What I'm questioning is whether you can have it both ways. The fact that the left side of the screen is doing one thing, and then the right side doing something completely different, doesn't solve the problem. It merely makes the situation schizophrenic.
Someone just paid for an "enron" keyword sponsored link that invites you to sign a petition to have the Justice Department appoint a special prosecutor. Apparently, if more people click on this one as opposed to the framed stock certificate, it will begin to show up on top. The charge for the clicks will be more for the political site and the charge for the clicks for the commercial site will be less. Google comes off as a mere popularity tabulator, and laughs all the way to the bank. (Is this right?)
Okay, I'm starting to understand what Google is up to. It's still schizoid, and I still think it needs some screening. But there's an element of objective popularity to it that, until now, I didn't realize was present. It's like PageRank for sponsored links, but it's based on click-throughs instead of inbound linking.
That's right, Everyman. At least one o' our co-founders considers the ads just as important as the search results, and wants them to be just as useful in their own way. That's why we incorporate clickthrough to show the most useful ads on top.
I think one of most valuable things Google tries to do is demarcate the "shameless consumerism" off into a well-marked area that's separate from our search results. ;)
Okay, gotta go buy me an Enron certificate. Anybody got a Pets.com socket puppet to trade for it?
I fail to see what this has to do with "shameless consumerism". It would probably be a good idea for anyone who invests in the stock market to buy one of these certificates and hang it by the computer as a reminder of all the theives and cons out there.
GG, you want a socket puppet or a sock puppet? I know where you can get a sock monkey, but it'll cost you a Google sweatshirt. I've nagged the Googlestore, but they're just not with it.
>demarcate the "shameless consumerism" off into a well-marked area that's separate from our search results.
Oh, now - isn't it just being accommodating in trying to help searchers find what they need? SEO is actually very philanthropic.
Everyman, I realise that many people are upset about the recent events involving that corporation, but I really don't want Google to become the arbiter of taste. Unlike 'adult content', it's just too subjective.
> I think one of most valuable things Google tries to do is demarcate the "shameless consumerism" off into a well-marked area that's separate from our search results.
Google doesn't get enough credit for this. The price of success is that people will judge by increasingly higher standards.
It just so happens that I found a similar site to the one you are talking about when searching for something else.
I do not remember what it was, but frankly - I thought it was a great gift idea. It wasn't related to enron.
I don't think there is anything wrong in using a trademark - when YOU ARE SELLING that trademark.
Should pokemon vendors not be allowed to advertise under pokemon?
Not everyone (or everyman :) ) feels the sameway about everything. I do not want google to decide what is best. This is one of the reasons I have harped on custom SERP. The vast majority of people do not use the Internet for serious research. They look at the internet for dancing hamsters, simpsons sounds, and greetings that have tons of annoying bouncing clip art in it.
Notice that the site refered to has a "perfect" interest rating.
People deal with life events - even serious ones in different ways. I remember being at a funeral and seeing someone take a picture of the deceased in the casket. I was kind of young and it took me off guard. This person did not mean to be disrespectful or anything - it was just their way in dealing with it.