Google’s Greatest Fear and Archilles’ Heel: New Developments

November 20, 2008

Google’s archilles’ heel is its dependence on links to indicate authority of a website. Which is why it makes so much noise about paid links, whereas the other search engines don’t really care.

The newest fracas came about as a result of the formation of a new company that promises to connect link buyers with link sellers. Predictably, this brought out Matt Cutts, Google’s part time mouthpiece and full time web spam engineer, who denounced the practice as illegal or some such thing. In response, others like Jeremy Schoemaker, of Shoemoney fame, called out Google’s hypocrisy in the whole thing. It’s illegal when others do it, but when Google does it, and it still does it till this day, it’s not illegal.

I think everyone knows that Google is no longer the company it set out to be a few years ago. There is widespread sentiment that it’s now a monopoly abusing its power and engaging in the same bullying tactics we saw from Microsoft in its heyday.

Filed in Outraged, Opinion, Web Design, Advertising.


Monopolies: The Google Abuse of Power

October 22, 2008

Blogoscoped is on the rampage to expose a couple of what they regard as Google’s unfair practices as a monopoly:

  • Google Uses Public Service Ads to Link to Own Election Page – where Google uses other websites’ advertising space to advertise its election biases without paying them. They abuse a feature designed for other purposes to this end.
  • Another one where Google gets webmasters to treat Google specially while hypocritically saying that webmasters are to treat all visitors and bots the same.

They are not the first to try to expose Google’s hypocrisies. There are other examples having to do with how Google favors big companies by allowing them to spam the search engine index but penalizes small websites.

Filed in Outraged, Opinion, Advertising, Web Design.


EA: Tiger Woods Can Walk on Water. Really! (Humor)

August 22, 2008

Techdirt points to EA’s response to the criticism about EA’s golfing game, where due to a bug, players can make Tiger Woods stand in the middle of a water trap to take a shot. They put out a commercial that shows that the real Tiger Woods can really do such a thing. It’s hilarious! And a brilliant PR move.

The Youtube video can be found here.

Filed in Advertising, Humor, Video.


Internet Operators’ Limited Understanding of Unlimited

February 12, 2008

What’s with all these internet companies anyway? Don’t they understand what “unlimited” means? Last month, thesitewizard.com wrote about web hosting companies that don’t know the meaning of unlimited. Today, Ars Technica reveals that some network providers don’t understand the term either.

Doesn’t this kind of advertising contravene some sort of law like false advertising or something?

Filed in Outraged, Advertising, Web Hosting.


Paulo Coelho to Fans: Please Pirate My Books

February 3, 2008

I had to do a little investigation before I wrote this post. When I first saw the Pirate Coelho blog, I was a bit suspicious at first. The blog claims that the author allows his books to be freely distributed, and in fact lists links to all the sites and torrents that have his books. But, as you know, copyright infringers can say things like that too, to make their site look legit. So I tried to find the real author’s blog, and to my surprise, he links to the Pirate Coelho site! In fact, his picture has him wearing a black patch! LOL!

This is truly an author who understands the Internet phenomenon and knows how to take advantage of it. I mean, honestly, if not for this stunt, I’d never have heard of this author let alone buy his books. Now, I’m going to download a book to see if I like it. If I do, I’ll buy it. It’s easier to read stories in print than online. Plus I can cart it around when I travel. Plus I can support the enlightened chap.

Filed in: Entertainment, Advertising.


Google Adsense Ditches All International Supporters

January 15, 2008

If you haven’t heard, Google Adsense has changed its terms, to the outrage of many Adsense supporters everywhere, including famous bloggers like Shoemoney who wrote Adsense slaps foreign webmasters in the face.

I haven’t quite got around to signing up for Adsense yet, and may not ever, with this thing going on. The alternative is Yahoo’s publisher program, which still seems to be in beta. Or maybe I’ll look at one of those other affiliate networks.

Filed under Outraged, Advertising.