“Ive registered every variation of googl(-)(e)onia.com and googl(-)(e)onian.com.
Like the colonist did to the United States, naming towns, states and parks after their kings and mother lands, I want to colonize the internet in the name of Google. Doing it like this seems very legal.
We can band together and redefine what a popular vote is and eliminate the limitations of being geographically grouped. All in the name of one of our favorite computer companies, Google.
I also have googlecollege.com, googlemountain, googlestreet, googleforest 15 names in total. Id like to colonize an entire google country in cyberspace.”
– Justin Pfister, Lets set sail to Googleonia, 2004-04-29
Google repeated their mantra in the latest statement attached to their IPO filing, when Larry Page wrote “Don’t be evil”. This was to remind us what the big G strives to avoid. And some might already be scared. We don’t like to switch tools all the time, and put trust into things served by google.com. Google may be our website host (Blogger.com), our community (Orkut), our paycheck (AdSense), and last not least our search engine. But we are ready to watch for the signs – and as Google also repeatedly states, other sites are just one click away.
So let’s ask ourselves: What if... Google would be evil?
Taking control over your desktop is one thing Google’s not wanting to miss out anymore. The new mandatory Blogger.com plug-in smoothly converts your Operating System to Goo-OS... the ultimate in registry tweaking, taskbar control, auto updates and pop-unders Windows technology was never prepared to handle.
To be continued...
Bloglines is not only a great web-based way to organize your daily RSS readings. It can also help blog authors to find who their subscribers are, and what other blogs they are interested in.
“As the big media companies continue to struggle to understand what interactivity actually means in an age where consumers are used to getting what they want, even folks at CNN (...) are suggesting that the old way of “broadcasting” content is losing out to true interactivity. That is, people aren’t waiting around for content companies to implement “interactive” solutions. Instead, they’re doing what they can do on the internet to make things interactive themselves.”
– Mike, The End Of Broadcast? (Techdirt), May 4th, 2004
Mozdex is a good-looking open source search engine.
Google is getting more and more fuzzy (see previous post on this). If you look for “Larry Page” – a quoted phrase search – you will have “Larry Page”, “Larry’s Page” and “Larry Page’s” highlighted in the result. A phrase search for “Google Web Mail” (again, with quotes) returns “Google Web Mail” as well as “Google’s Web Mail”. (And entering “g-mail” will get you a bold “gmail” in the SERPs.)
Also, you get results if you google forty-two -forty-two.
And after all Google scientists “have been working on algorithms and techniques to construct very large scale Bayesian network models to help understand the relationships between words”. Synonyms, spelling corrections, and in general more relaxed searches are a good thing. It’s only a matter of time until Google will tell us not what it has found, but what it is we are really looking for...
I previously covered the excerpt, now Gary Price of Resourceshelf published the complete list of 400 recently registered Google domains (none of these were registered by Google Inc, though). Most of the domains either don’t work yet, have for-sale signs up-front, or try to sell money giving SEO/ AdWords tips.
One of the rare exceptions seems to be Chinese Googleserver.net. Also there’s Googleiche.com, a keyword suggestion tool.
“Search engine Google dropped Goldman Sachs as an underwriter for their upcoming IPO. Goldman Sachs was removed from consideration based on Google’s claims that the investment bank acted in a manner that angered them.”
– Google Denies Goldman Sachs From IPO (WebProNews)
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