Wednesday, August 24, 2005

going to geek out for a moment

I've been saying this for a while now. its gratifying to know I'm not the only one thinking it. but the article misses a few major issues:

  • google isn't only turning into microsoft. they're also turning into enron. for a company that ostensibly is predicated on the free and open exhange of information, to bully and boycott a media company because of an unflattering article is hypocritical and dangerous.
  • google isn't only a threat because of their market cap and engineering talent. they're a threat because, as one friend recently put it, the web isn't big enough for them. yes, they recently put their plan to digitize universities libraries on hold to allow copyright holders to opt out, but its a temporary blip in their plan for world domination. when one gatekeeper controls access to information, the types of information we can access, and how it is presented, and the ways in which we can use that information are held in the hands of one corporation. simply put, that's why google has become scary. not because they've raised the median salary for computer software engineers in silicon valley. shame on the nytimes for missing that.
all that said, I use google every day for a variety things and love it. I use gmail. I use google talk. I use google earth. I am writing this post with blogger (owned by, yes, google). some of my best friends work for google. hehe. seriously, they do many many things better than anyone else. I just hope they stay true to their original intent and stay the course. avoid proprietary platforms. allow truly open access to information. ok, done with my tech rant. back to pretty buildings.


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At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I don't know how Google manages to do it, but they are able to position themselves as the "Whole Foods" of the internet -- almost as if they are a public service rather than the competitive company that has the same agenda as the "evil" Microsoft.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Team said...

I second Neil's praise of your post. Have you noticed that now gmail offers a free Internet phone service connected throug the google instant messenger application?

if google pipes are now going to carry voice data, does that mean they may move into the telecommunications area, too.

I'm also kinda distrubed by the ways Google disingenuously offers information without acknowledging its loaded ranking systems and the way sponsored content is displayed without acknowledgement that they are commercial messages.



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