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Earlier today I reached some sort of boiling point and I started up a rant about Google and the topic of reputation management online. This blog post is targeted at Google and may feature some debatable stances. Ultimately though, I hope it’s worth a read.
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from jlynch401 2291 Days ago #
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Dude.....You go man!!!!!

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from jjisles 2291 Days ago #
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And in the red corner, weighin in at at even... Nice rant Eric!I kind of believe this...Google has found itself in a very influential position, like it or not. They are making tons of money, like it they do. If your end game isn’t altruistic in nature then your motives come into question.  Especially when so many invisible shareholders help to dictate what the future google must do in order to maintain their place at the top of the hill. At what cost does this dominance come at? Should they be unaccountable for the info they spit back? They have power and their actions (or inactions) are the causes which have far-reaching effects. The cool thing is nothing lasts forever. So we will inevitably see a change of direction at some point. Either google, govt, or user initiated.It would be nice to see the change user-initiated. After all, wouldn’t that result in the most altruistic of outcomes?

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from Feydakin 2291 Days ago #
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It’s no secret that many of us have our own issues with Google.. I’m just tired of seeing them run down the Microsoft path and trying to have things both ways.. And to think, how many of us promoted them in the beginning because we trusted them??

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from EricLander 2291 Days ago #
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@feydakin Exactly. If there were such a thing, I was totally a Google Evangelist when I got started.  Now I’m more likely to use four letter words because of them than for any other reason.

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from professor44 2291 Days ago #
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Having too much power is just never a good thing.  Even if Google retained the same values they had in the past it’s just too much for one person/company/organization.  The innevitable always happens when a company gets to be Google’s size, it becomes about money and sustaining profits.  You hit it right on the head with this post.

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from paisley 2291 Days ago #
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cough *invisible shareholders* coughwhat did you want?

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from iBrian 2291 Days ago #
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In all honesty I think the rant is childish and fails to substantiate itself. There’s no real attempt at constructive criticism.Take for example:I want to see your $425 per share stock drop into the $300’s.Um, why? Professional revenge?I think the starter paragraphs really set it off when it cries BS at Google’s statement of wanting to organise the world’s information. It’s all invective with no substance, and seems to completely overlook what I would suggest are the more important arguments associated with collecting information, such as privacy issues.Over the years, I’ve tested my limits, and found Google irrevolcably pushing me into a position to provide for users directly, rather than look for easy opportunities. When you look at how Google has actually tried to help clean up the web, I find my own interests being strongly reflected in that.Sure, there are criticisms to be thrown at how any company operates, and even Google does not escape that - but I think a site such as Sphinn deserves a more thoughtful approach to criticism than something which is easily perceived as petulant.2c. 

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from professor44 2291 Days ago #
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@iBrian First of all the post declares it’s self a "rant" in the title.  Second imho the whole idea of dropping shares is an attempt to get google to go back to it’s older ways.

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from EricLander 2291 Days ago #
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@ iBrian - I voted up your comment for it being a very solid and sound criticism of my rant.  As @professor44 states, it was intended only as a rant and as my submission of this mentions... "[it is] targeted at Google and may feature some debatable stances. Ultimately though, I hope it’s worth a read."I’m sorry it wasn’t for you, but your critique was heard, appreciated and understood. Thanks for reading and providing your feedback!

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from johnandrews 2290 Days ago #
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@Brain I agree with the others that it was a rant, labeled as a rant, and posted to a Search Marketer Community where like-minded web workers would enjoy it. All appropriate. Not unlike your own small business entrepreneur forum... water cooler conversation stuff. Now I agree it was not a "News Story" and I also agree with you about how prominant it gets placed on Sphinn (probably because it was classified as a new story). Again, I’ll point to Evil Green Moneky and Co. as the responsible party for that part of the problem, not the author.

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from yojpotter2 2290 Days ago #
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I understand the author’s sentiments towards Google..I also feel the same sometimes but we really can’t deny the fact that Google also helped a lot in revolutionizing search industry.

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from iBrian 2289 Days ago #
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Stands back in amazement at how we can disgree peacefully, constructively, and professionally. :)Eric Lander, you hold yourself well against what could have been easily labelled as unfair comment - petulent was probably a bit harsh - more meat in the details next time would surely make it newsworthy with wider agreement. :)

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