Monday, September 22, 2008
Google has relented and will let anti-abortion groups advertise using "abortion" as a key word. Before, they only let pro-abortion groups do that. Why is Google changing its position? Because of a lawsuit.
Now do you see why I think it is a really bad idea to let them do a deal with Yahoo that will give them a 90 percent grip on advertising on the web? Think about a company that even starts out refusing to sell advertising for a political cause they don't like in the US, at the same time, mind you, that they do whatever the secret police in the People's Republic of China ask of them. And consider Google has said, or so I have read, that they want to be the gatekeeper of all information on the planet. One naturally thinks, they must mean by that something far less sinister than that sounds. Or rather, one hopes so.
As some readers of this blog will know, I know a bit about search technology and the search industry. I know there are a million ways search can be used to craft information, push and pull the user, and manage behavior. If Google is not managing its algorithm and advertising software to push its political vision and well as push users to websites that increase advertising revenue, I would be deeply shocked. It would be like a hundred naked teenagers trapped on a tropical island for month not discovering sex. Possible, but very unlikely, given the opportunities. BTW I fully expect an Obama DOJ would promptly stop looking into anything Google, perhaps on First Amendment grounds, as it would involve peering into the sacred precincts of the Googleplex, from whence many miracles of funding come.
They ought to call themselves "Gaggle".
AND read this very smart post, about why Google is against other people's intellectual property rights. Property is theft. Now hand over yours. Or how about -- Information wants to be free. It's only advertising that wants to be paid for.