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Lee Hadden writes: "There is an article in today's (Feb 26, 2003) issue of the Wall
Street Journal concerning Google.com, and mentions how the term "Google" is
often used as a verb. The article says: "..."Googling" has become a synonym
for searching online. In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a man in a bar says-
"I can't explain it- it's just a funny feeling that I'm being googled."
They say While Google approves of optimizers that help a site improve its content or design, it recently revised its Webmaster guidelines to warn against firms that, among other things, promise to guarantee a top Google ranking.
A search for Google Page Rankings Returns 3 Ads for link promotion on google by third party companies.
Not sure how this will play out, but I assume that it will be like when Yahoo took over Geocities a few years back, or when Google took over the Deja News archives. Also, I guess that Google will come up with some sort of backend stuff that will automatically generate similar weblog postings that appear on the Blogspot server (soon to be the Google server), like they do with Google News.
I am sure that more news (and information about how this will effect Blogger users) will appear as the news spreads. We live in exciting times.
This story is being slashdotted, big time!!
Eddie B. sent over This CNN Story that says Google was voted \"brand of the year\" in a poll conducted by a marketing agency, proving once again that less is more as it beat established names such as Coca-Cola and Apple to the top slot.
\"Started by a couple of techies, Google is kind enough to hide its high-tech interior from the public and give us nothing but a friendly, easy to use, clear, clean exterior,\"
The Boston Globe Magazine has a rather Long Story on Google.
They say google is the first tool truly to make sense of the white noise that is the Internet, Google has become essential research for everyone from sales people calling on new accounts to single people taking another spin with blind-date roulette. Not only that, Google changed our concept of time as well. It has helped make our past - or oddly refracted shards of it - present and permanent.
Also, As a nation, we need to put measures in place, before it\'s too late, that provide some basic protection of vital personal information, like bank account numbers and Social Security numbers and, most important, details that have personal safety implications, such as the addresses of victims. But, in the end, given how much of life is lived online nowadays, the greater good is served by making most information accessible and permanent.
\"Dazzlingly fast, vast, and precise, Google has made our lives appreciably easier. The first tool truly to make sense of the white noise that is the Internet, Google has become essential research for everyone from sales people calling on new accounts to single people taking another spin with blind-date roulette. It\'s reconnected long-lost biological brothers and battalion buddies. And who dials 411 anymore, when it\'s cheaper and faster on Google, and you don\'t have to explain to some headset-wearer in Terre Haute how to spell Worcester? Google saves time, saves face - it may even save lives. Instead of calling their doctor, some people type their symptoms into Google; a few have learned they were in the early stages of a heart attack.\"
\"But somewhere along the path toward changing our daily lives, Google changed our concept of time as well. It has helped make our past - or oddly refracted shards of it - present and permanent. That\'s a radical notion for a medium usually defined by its ability to constantly update itself.\" (from The Boston Globe)
Jill sent over A Slate Story on Google, and the SearchKing lawsuit.
They say the legal question is whether Google\'s lead in the search-and-ranking business gives it unfair dominance over every Internet business, and the legal answer appears to be no.
For some reason they then go on to say the issues raised in the suit should concern anyone who worries about the ways in which the Internet promotes free speech in fabulous new ways while allowing a handful of companies to control access to that speech. They even go so far as to say nervous pundits have suggested that maybe Google ought to be regulated, as a utility or common carrier.
Seems funny coming from a site owned by Microsoft...
Businessweek takes a look at Google's Gaggle of Problems.
They say now that it is #1, it may be facing one of the oldest maxims in business: Once you make it to the top, it can be mighty hard to stay there.
They say Verity, Overture, the loss of Yahoo, WiseNut, Teoma, and FAST are all gaining ground.
Gary Deane, our Canadian correspondant, sent over This National Post Story thet says Google is, arguably, the most important site on the Internet. It is an inescapable fact of Internet life.
They take a good look at the law suit brought by a company called SearchKing, where it alleges that Google changed the way it ranks pages, and that the change in ranking hurt SearchKing\'s business.
They go on to ask:
\"Is it, perhaps, a public utility, and therefore deserving of regulation? Is it an example of a network effect, where increasing users have created an unassailable standard that has daunting market power? And if that is the case, what if Google became more arbitrary in its rankings, as SearchKing is already alleging?\"
Theo writes: "Randy Cohen, the Everyday Ethicist in NY Times Magazine, responds to a question about "Googling" people, in this case a blind date."
Cohen says he's all for it, and admits he's done it, and many other people have, too; that's why the verb "to Google" is now a familiar neologism.
As Gary would probably add, never trust your romantic snooping to just one search engine!
Gary Deane sent along This NYTimes Story on what they call "the Google economy."They say Google has become enough of a Web gatekeeper that its leads now prop up plenty of commercial sites.
With its partner sites included, Google is now responsible for about three-quarters of all search engine traffic to Web sites, according to the research firm StatMarket.