walkman - 12:29 am on Sep 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
I hope Google dies of a thousand cuts, each for the bad deed they're trying to do. With G+ buttons they will track every site, every page you visit, as if every Google search you type was not enough (they hold IPs for 18months IIRC) and god knows how long they'll hold the ones tied to your real name. From a Google console, a thug or the Govt (not that much different :)) or a divorce lawyer can, with a court paper, see everything you have searched for or every site you have ever visited. All from one place.
This is the story about Google trying to blackmail site-owners with loss of their livelihoods:
And depending on where you work -- say, Facebook or the Justice Department -- that could look like Google is unfairly using its search engine might to boost its Facebook alternative.
That might explain why Forbes killed a story by Kashmir Hill entitled "Stick Google Plus Buttons On Your Pages, Or Your Search Traffic Suffers" which was seemingly based on information from a meeting with Google ad representatives. On August 18, Hill wrote, "the message in this meeting was clear: "Put a Plus One button on your pages or your search traffic will suffer."
But the story quickly disappeared from Forbes' website and from the Google cache, though it was noticed and saved by the Raven Tools SEO blog.
One guesses the tone of the post -- and its headline -- rankled someone somewhere.
Forbes, Hill and Google all declined to talk on the record about the post that disappeared into the memory hole.