In way yes. There was a poin in time before adsense came along that many people simply did what they did out of the pure sense of sharing there ideas and thoughts. Now much of that is plastered with ads, interstitiatls and MFS sites who steal content from another. Is it googles fault? not entirely, but they sure didn't do anything to stop the internet from becomig "craptastic" because it obviously made them a LOT of money.
You see every day i surf the net and find a site i think has what i want but is plastered with adsense ads and a clone of another site linked to another where the only purpose is to deeplink and sell PR and push ads on.
I just didn't see that before google created VALUE in that.
yes.. others are following in googles foot steps becaues it makes a lot of $$$. Yes its not entirely googles fault but at one point in time the internet wasn't about democratizing who can make money but the free access to information (that in turn could not only make money, increase awareness, bring communities closer, network people, challenge ideas, invite critical thinking).
There are sites out there that still do it on a sensible level to pay for there bandwidth and such i do remember a day before google and i long for those days of how "raw" it was.
Just my 2 cents.
All of that happened without google. Infact google wouldn't exist if others handn't commoditized the technology they use.
The overriding goal of google is to "index the worlds information". All search engines use algorithms to process data, i don't dispute that but there is a limit to the algorythm actually having value and purpose and there is a time when simply human intervention works BEST. Y! Answers, Y! Autos, Y! Jobs, Y! News - they all IMPLEMENT technology but they only make sense because of the human interaction - not the automated "search and indexing" of content.
I never stated that. I'm just reiterating that no matter what you do technology only serves one purpose - to give information TO HUMANS and sometimes its better to remember the goal of a corporation shouldn't be to solve that with technical merits alone but MAKE IT EASY FOR HUMANS TO UNDERSTAND. Google score kudos big time with search because it is quick & easy. THey do it left and right but there are simply things that can't be done automated and that is where others shine.
Believe me, i think google is getting it - but not quite "getting it". They understand google video was limited because it didn't have the human "touch" - boring, bland and useless to many. GooTube was purely "social" and look how much that brought it. They see on some levels that People interacting with People within a "technology" framework works best but it isn't the technology that MAKES IT - its the people.
i don't need to go anyfurther, we're just stepping on each others toes right now. A techy who never becomes a user or never crosses the line into making decisions for others never really understands the utility of software - only the functionality. I don't know a SINGLE small business owner that has time to tag, search/index, filter, sort "thousands" of emails a day on gmail like some people claim the utility of it is. Most are simply creating folders (Which is a replication of real life document management) and sorting mail that way.
There are advanced & power users that will wow you on a daily basis but most people just want mail, news, chat, games, videos, IM, buy a car, shop online, join some groups, interact with PEOPLE. Something Yahoo is amazingly good at and should be able to speak of and point out as faults of its competition.