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Got nothing to do with being a Google fanboy
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 10:07 AM EDT

At least for me it doesn't. Let me make my position clear:

    I take no position on whether or not Google is behaving badly! I reserve my judgment until such time as someone provides evidence of Google wrong doing and not just accusations.
I've been on the net since 1990. Usenet was established in 1980 and Google was established in 1996.

Back in 1990 I thought it was pretty pointless to browse the usenet groups.

I learned that rather quickly from the search results presented via Archie. The few times usenet did pop up it was for pretty useless stuff that had nothing to do with what I was searching on.

RAS

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Anti-Google FUD - encourages worse behaviour?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 24 2013 @ 11:45 AM EDT
In the aftermath of the 'Reader' episode there has been a bit
of 'astroturfing' about what it means for all their products.
Some are taking advantage of the reasonable dismay at Google's
withdrawal of this service to spread FUD, for example:
Google Keep? It'll probably be with us until March 2017
- on average | Technology | guardian.co.uk

The (usually 'Apple-friendly') Tech Editor produces some
meaningless statistics from experimental, mainly,
ex-'Google Labs'(!) products
to suggest that you can't
trust Google's services ('Keep' is the one in the immediate
firing line but ... with implications) in general?
Ironically, he had produced an article the previous
day about "meaningless statistics":
Meaningless statistic of the day: Samsung Galaxy S4
pre-registration record! | Technology | guardian.co.uk

where there was meaning but debatable value to the measure
produced. There are other examples around the web of this
effort.

The problem for me is that the ideas and motivation for
short-lived experiments were "good" but are now count against it.
Open trials and discussions of such projects are good for
innovation. On the other hand, they are capable of bad
publicity commercially, if people consider such short-
term experiments as representative of core services. It will
result in increasing pressure to behave in ways that are "good"
for Google's multi-billion dollar business model and against
open discussion and development of innovative ideas. Reader
(after the attacks by the French (& European Press) no longer
makes as much sense as direct competitor to its own
'News' and 'Google+'?

Commercial pressures on "perception" are hurting openness in
innovation. Clearly, we can't go back to a non- commercial
Internet - any more than we can return to a pre-nuclear age.
Once we have eaten of the "apple" from the Tree of Knowledge
we all know that we are naked. We just innovative ways to
encourage Companies to provide better ways to promote innovation.
eg Perhaps an independent version of 'Google Labs' with sponsor
-ship? I don't know but I think we need to be thinking about
such things in terms of their commercial repercussions and
finding positive ways, while mitigating effects, to fit in
with different business models. This might release other ways to
innovation through, for example, currently deprecated
'crowdsourced-type' methods.

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