walkman - 5:34 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have said it before that some Google fans, fanboys, coolaid drinkers, admirers or whatever you want to call them, will be sorely disappointed to learn that the company they so adored, now is nothing but a greedy, calculating and cutthroat monopolist. Like a kid learning that Santa Claus does no exist. I know, I've been brainwashed before.
Those "brilliant engineers" (implies others aren't as smart) have invented what lately...? Other than ripping off Bing and now Facebook, Twitter and Quora at the same time? I dare someone to tell me what groundbreaking engineering effort has Google lead on these few years and let's see how they match up against those from IBM, Apple or even the 'evil' Microsoft?
Giving immunity and moving to the top the best known brands can't be that hard, can it? Seems to me like the easiest thing actually. Easy, safe for Google and very profitable.
Google is fraud, plain and simple. Not because they do certain things, but because they lie about it with a straight(er than normal) face. Larry and Sergey were right when they refused to initially run Adwords because they saw it as an obvious bias. They were overruled and now we see what happened.
I just ordered 2 books, both from ex-Googlers and both rip apart the "overachieving engineers" that may be good at math but lack plain old common sense. They see numbers, data and think that all life is just that. That's why they don't care about innocent sites 5+ months later. Panda was a great succe$$--for them--and they have the data to prove it. Why should I believe anything different, because they say so?
My sense of it is, itís not because they enjoy warm and fuzzy social interaction and they think oh, this would be a really wonderful way to bring our friends together and build a social circle. They look at it and say, ďthe information created in social networks is extremely important and valuable.
If we donít have access to that information, Google will be less valuable as an information source.Ē So, I think they take a much more calculated view of the value of the data they cannot get if they do not have a social network that is widely used. I think that scares them. I think it scares Larry Ė this is not based on any conversation Iíve had with him, I just want to be clear this is my interpretation ó I would guess, knowing what I do about him, that the notion that a large body of very useful information would be unavailable to Google to search, to present to the world and to use for improving its own products, that I think is something that he would find unacceptable
Or the scam with the toolbar that shows the useless PR in return for tracking every page you ever visited? Same with G+, they want to link your real name with every site you visit, every word you search for or type across ALL their numerous properties. And then sell it for a profit, to "benefit the user" of course.
It's about time we see Google for what they are, give them equal treatment. It has nothing to do with individual engineers, but with the company as a whole. I'm sure most Exxon, Citibank, Philip Morris...or your local grocery store's employees are wonderful people as well. That, however, doesn't mean I am going to buy their companies' corporate lies.