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Google strives for more openness

I'll believe it when I see it!



1:46 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In a news article published on yesterday's BBC News, it has been reported that Eric Schmidt, Google's Chief Exec, has promised a new "era of openness" to the public.


He mentioned that they we involved with too many things to stay quiet about, and that they needed to inform the public about developments within the company.

I'm glad they they have intimated that they have been secretive in the past, but whether there will be more transparency for website owners, time will tell.

Personally, I'm skeptical about his claims. Does anyone think there will be a new openness with website owners?


4:07 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I for one jhave been seeing some evidence -- the notification to site owners about possible bans when they have infractions of the guidelines, for insatnce. At Boston PubCon this year Matt Cutts and the sitemaps team also talked about plans to enhance the Sitemaps program to allow for more feedback and 2-way between Google and webmasters.

How well this is executed certainly remains to be seen, especially in the more public commentary. For some reason (it just seems to come with scale) it's very challenging to any big company to avoid spin and keep things pared down to straight talk.


4:38 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just another publicity stunt. The less open they are, the more money they make, it's just business.


4:48 pm on May 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think this means being open about new products, not open to webmasters. Remember, google only cares about google's profit $$$$ and their investors.

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