walkman - 9:45 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Regarding the Kenya thing, it was an example. But we've all done searches and seen good results, decent ones, so-so and many times plain horrible ones.
I actually know /knew that Google does that and by the time it shows in a Google approved book it's too late anyway. But the debate was about something different.
In the Plex by Steven Levy, a book which you mentioned you hadn't read when you criticized it, presents a superbly clear though very basic introduction to the kind of semantic stuff that Google has been doing for years. I recommend you take a look at it.
As far as the book, I mentioned that he is not fair and questioned a conclusion that one apparently got from the book (Larry and money).
But you made me look at Amazon reviews:
"may have lost some journalistic objectivity by his wonderment of the company and their significant accomplishments. I didn't feel he represented the reasonable criticisms of Google's practices"
"Either he is truly enamored with Google or he agreed not to say anything negative. It's almost a PR piece for Google. No organization is flawless, but he paints Google and its founders as angels. "
"As Steven Levy wrote on Quora, this book has approved by Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt. "
"If Google were a person, this is probably what its autobiography would look like"
"Another one of the book's weaknesses is the lack of critical assessment and analysis of various products, projects, policy decisions, and inevitable failures. The author appears a bit too eager to present Google's version; any criticism remains of the mildest variety. One gets a sense that this book was thoroughly vetted by Google's PR department."
So in short Robert I already read Google's PR releases and read other people's blind praise of Google almost ever everyday. Why read it in a book format? I can see it live how Google thinks, acts, shapes our lives or whatever.