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Not the corporation. Employees and owners of the corporation made these decisions. Specific people.
- Somebody decided on a 100 year cookie.
- Somebody decided to ban affiliates from adwords.
- Somebody decided their policy was to ignore pleas from those banned.
- Somebody decided not to provide adsense publishers with what percentage they are provided.
- Somebody made the decision to not send out vendor swag this year.
- Somebody hand picked the $20 mill amount, and somebody picked the charities.
What are some other controversial decisions by goog?
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to collude with Google in engaging in unfair competition by giving Google their website statistics in exchange for free analytics.
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to use the toolbar to check their PageRank in exchange for their surfing data.
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to participate in the Google Sitemaps program in exchange for their website data. Google Sitemaps do not change the fact that webmasters need links, good site architecture and if it makes them feel good, an HTML site map in order to get indexed and ranked. It's like the story of how the American Native Americans were swindled out of Manhattan in exchange for worthless beads. The Google Sitemap program is a necklace of plastic beads. Are you happy? Do you feel like a chump yet?
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to be paid by Google to promote FireFox over IE.
That webmasters decided it was a great idea to promote Chrome.
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to give lip service to encouraging competition by continuing to use Google Search (out of laziness).
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to not use Bing, Yahoo, or Ask.
That webmasters decided it was a good idea to be complacent.
Look in the mirror. You are the Gorg.
However, and to get back on topic, Google feels it's OK to publish on the internet pics of my home. I find that idea extremely obtrusive and invasive of my personal life.
And it's things like that that may lead to some grief for them. The folks at Monty Python (to paraphrase) once said that if they weren't PO'ing 5% of the people they weren't doing it right - they weren't living on the edge. Google's starting to ignore the wrong 5%. 95% of people don't care that Google's taking pics of your house, or copying books that are (C), or whatever. But 5% of us do. With Monty Python, the 5% meant that 95% loved them. With Google, it may mean that 5% turns the other 95%.
What if the next browser/internet client/email client/whatever creator is one of the 5%, and the latest app gets installed with the default search set to Bing?