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Google could not be immediately reached for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.)
Does this strike anyone else as strangely ironic? It looks like the Google folks are applying a similar algorithm to media relations, as they do to developing search indexes.
Expect a patent application to follow soon ;)
Correction: The original article incorrectly implied that Google Desktop Search can track what's stored on a user's PC. The service does not expose a user's content to Google or anyone else without the user's explicit permission.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
One year after the IPO am I just a now piece of meat data? Ungrateful I: just shut up and take what's given.
Vive la CNET!
Google Inc. has blacklisted all CNET reporters for a year, after the popular technology news website published personal information of one of Google's founders in a story about growing privacy concerns for the Internet search engine, according to a CNET statement...
...Google spokesman David Krane told CNN the company declined comment.
Scott McClellan would be proud.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
>>pretty stupid to p*ss off reporters
Yeah, no kidding. If they would have given an interview and presented some well worded retorts (read: some creative spinning), this story would have gone away. Or at least not been as much of a one-sided view presented to the public.
Their PR people need a good talking to.
Had Google not responded, the issue would be over and the original article would have faded. This is strange behavior from a once savvy PR department.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
"In her story, Mills included a link to Schmidt’s home address, his net worth of $1.5 billion and noted that he has attended the Burning Man art festival and is an amateur pilot. Mills said she spent 30 minutes on Google to obtain the information."
If a Google detects that a webmaster is doing some link farming, or building up spam sites, it's going to drop his sites from the index for an undetermined period of time.
Right now, getting dropped is the biggest topic among webmasters in the Google News forum - and this fear (of being dropped), prbbly inspires more than a few webmasters to walk a straight line with their SEO methods.
Google seems to think that it can train (inspire fear?) in reporters using the same tactic.
... of course - I think that Google holds much greater power over webmasters, than they could ever hope to over media companies and reporters.
:D ... again, just the humble opinion of a highly paranoid webmaster.