Kufu - 4:14 am on Oct 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
To me, it's not a question of whether or not someone is a Google fanboy or not. The only people who can be upset about Google taking content and slapping advertising around it, and not be hypocrites, are those who have blocked their sites from being indexed by Google.
Secondly, everyone keeps talking about how Google makes money from other people's content. They are not. They are making money from mining the content and presenting it in the most useful format currently available.
The same people who are upset about Google should also be upset about digg, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and even Webmasterworld. Isn't WebmasterWorld made up of user content? Just because there is no advertising on the forum it does not mean there is not value being extracted from this very interaction between member. But we are all here willingly, contributing, and benefiting. So if we choose to participate, then there is no room for complaints.
If you are so upset about Google making money from your content, then why not exclude its spiders from your site? I know some members of the forum do this, and they are the only ones who have can voice their opinion about Google without being hypocrites. I am not one of those people.
I use AdSense, Gmail, Google Analytics, Voice, AdWords, WebmasterTools, Docs, and other services.
Google has made my life better, even though I have privacy concerns; however, so far they have not outweighed the benefits that I get from Google...at least not based on my understanding of what I am giving up in return for the services.
So let's bring the discussion back to what the issue really is: Networks being afraid that Google TV will do to them what iTunes has done to the music industry.
What is funny is that most of us (including myself) talking about this topic do not know what exactly Google TV is.
Sorry about the long rant. :)