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Ianf [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
11 years ago3,493 views

This article, by Drake Bennett of the Boston Globe, may be so much hot smoke and preventive sabre rattling by there-quoted individuals, but it raises important questions concerning the future of present-time Google's aim of benevolence.... yet we know that all power corrupts, and absolute power (as in... monopoly?) corrupts absolutely. So why should Our Google, Who Art In Mountain View, Ca., be exempt from said outcome?


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A sample – read the article in full:

» [...] Despite its size and dominance, Google has avoided the public suspicion and vilification that have plagued powerful companies from Standard Oil to Microsoft. Instead, protected by its reputation for innovation, its famed "Don't Be Evil" mantra, and the ever-improving precision of its search engine, Google has remained for the most part a trusted, even a beloved, brand. [...] «
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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> Despite its size and dominance, Google has
> avoided the public suspicion

They did partly keep the image of the "playful underdog" but I don't think they're avoiding public suspicion. Thanks to their earlier stance, a lot of people watch Google to see if they're handling things as they once said they would...

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Jeremy Horn [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Beyond being more open, Google has, up to this point been able to maintain trust and credibility with its audience. However, without better addressing concerns over privacy and ownership of content we can all expect the trust to wane. I just explored Trust & Credibility on the web, come and check it out...

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Let me know what you think. And, ENJOY!

[Signature removed – Tony]

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The ability to post a rebuttal should be unnecessary, as the PageRank algorithm should gravitate towards an average neutral point of view anyways, since not everyone is going to link only to one point of view. If there's enough controversy about a topic, there's also pages with the other opinion getting linked as well. That is, unless the opposing point of view is an extreme minority, in which case the result is still the average of opinion.

I think many of the ways they could "open up more" also allows people to game the system more.

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Regarding to addressing concerns over privacy and ownership of content, what google has done is still not good enough, and google has done the best among competitors.

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It's not Google's fault if people don't read or link to Google Watch...

... whatever Daniel Brandt thinks... ;)

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