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Google PR vastly understates their technology

MIT Technology Review

     
7:48 pm on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Interesting article from MIT's Technology Review.

"These numbers are all crazily low," Farach-Colton [Martin Farach-Colton, a professor of computer science at Rutgers University] continued. "Google always reports much, much lower numbers than are true."

Whenever somebody from Google puts together a new presentation, he explained, the PR department vets the talk and hacks down the numbers.

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The interesting angle here is that, as opposed to blowing their own horn as loudly as possible, Google apparently feels a need to soft pedal their status, and not make themselves into an overly large target.

Of course, they already are a large target (just look at the last few weeks) but apparently they've been turning the knob down for quite a while.