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Influence of Google stock price on their business decisions

     
7:21 pm on Jun 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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mos - worst wave of zombie traffic I've seen in a while. I see GOOG stock dropped almost 4% on Friday. ketchup time.
7:49 pm on June 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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stock down is not good news our pockets are empty,
8:15 pm on June 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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stock down is not good news our pockets are empty,

What? You do realize that the stock is trading at all time records highs. Friday is what is referred to as profit taking, it is when big players sell their positions after a big run up in price, to bank the profits, that is take the paper profits and turn them into cash.
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counting the money takes a lot of computing power
12:22 am on June 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Caught the 60 minutes segment tonight on "Brain Hacking" with Tristan Harris (former Google product philosopher). Sure added credibility to all the "tin foil hat nutcases" who suspect Google is manipulating the user experience for profit. Big surprise. Will be great to see more of these "defectors" open up in the near future to reveal Googles soft underbelly and insights on SERP and APP magic.
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samwest, that particular story is important enough that I'm linking to the CBS highlights article for the episode....

What is "brain hacking"? Tech insiders on why you should care
April 9, 2017
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brain-hacking-tech-insiders-60-minutes/ [cbsnews.com]

Have you ever wondered if all those people you see staring intently at their smartphones -- nearly everywhere, and at all times -- are addicted to them? According to a former Google product manager you are about to hear from, Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. He is one of the few tech insiders to publicly acknowledge that the companies responsible for programming your phones are working hard to get you and your family to feel the need to check in constantly. Some programmers call it “brain hacking” and the tech world would probably prefer you didn’t hear about it. But Tristan Harris openly questions the long-term consequences of it all and we think it’s worth putting down your phone to listen.

The problem is, it's not just Google. This positive feedback mechanism is probably, in one form or another, engineered into most modern products and services designed to make a profit.

Probably hard-wired into us all as a survival mechanism. It's the way we keep friends and customers. When engineered at a mass scale, it can be desribed as addictive. It's the way mass entertainment keeps audiences. At its worst, on an industrial scale, think sugar and fast food... tobacco... petroleum.

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He almost makes it sound like an OCD thing -- scary! I'm throwing my phone away
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Facebook is one of the worst offenders...er geniuses of this technology. It can be viewed from two completely different points of reference. For the developer, it's a money maker, just like drugs. The Pavlovian response of "likes and new posts" triggers a dopamine rush that keeps you checking all day. Talk a bout a great example of STICKY. Like digital heroin, this leads to the other view point; the user, who's life is constantly interrupted, sometimes (behind the wheel) to fatal results. They don't care as long as you are hooked and they make money. This begs the question of when the "Just say NO" campaign or some type of regulation should start. After viewing the segment, I started my own family on a "just say No" campaign by removing all Facebook apps from phones and turning off all notifications on bothersome apps. Before all this digital noise, we lived much happier lives. Feels great already!

I smell a trend....
2:17 pm on July 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Check GOOG stock trend combined with the 2.7B UK fine and hand slap. It seems to relate to the increased tightening of the serps that WM's are reporting in the SERP change channels. Squeezing that stone. Making up for losses by doing the same thing that created the losses perhaps?

It's that or Google is falling out of favor and losing market share with their recent poor serps and the "chaff" traffic they leave behind for their "competition". When WM's can't make a decent wage anymore, they will find other traffic sources, or create new ones. It's time Google gets some healthy competition. Problem is, with their firm control and massive infrastructure, is that even possible?
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Elsewhere, someone mentioned AOL, and their "be everything" portal.

Where are they now?

Google could go the same way, it would just take a good corporate scandal, or loss of faith from the public.

Oh, and a viable alternative.
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I think we are approaching two out of three already.