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Who Does Google Think They’re Fooling?

I don’t know why I’m so angry, but the last couple of days every little piece of bad or stupid news has just set me off. It started with seeing headshot after headshot during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now it’s with a news story about Google warning about the web not being ‘open’ enough.

I came across an article from The Guardian where Google co-founder Sergey Brin is talking about the threat Apple and Facebook pose with their ‘walled garden’ approach. He is quoted as saying:

“There’s a lot to be lost,” he said. “For example, all the information in apps – that data is not crawlable by web crawlers. You can’t search it.”

Let me translate that statement into what it REALLY means: We, GOOGLE, can’t search this data with our web crawlers and put it in our search results. Therefore, we can’t stick ads beside it and make tons of money!

I don’t deny that Sergey probably cares a lot about the web being open, but he shouldn’t sit there and pretend that his concern is primarily based on moral beliefs and not financial gain. I doubt if he was a billionaire who ran a window making factory that he’d be pontificating on the merits of an open web. But if he did it certainly would have been more convincing.

Note: this article was originally titled “Google Is Full of Shit” but I calmed down a bit after writing this article.

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