Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Apr 2013 18:44 UTC
Google "Beneath the sheen of do-gooder ideology, FairSearch can be most charitably described as a Google watchdog. It seeks to fan the flames of disapproval where they've started organically, originate them where they haven't, and generally disseminate negativity toward the Google brand. Think of it as a PR firm working to destroy rather than create goodwill." To make matters worse, FairSearch' work isn't even very good.
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RE[6]: Mixed feelings about this
by WorknMan on Sun 14th Apr 2013 09:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Mixed feelings about this"
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But you can't write them off like they have been anti-competitive until they actually are. Or is the whole innocent until proven guilty thing beyond your reasoning?

If we were talking about a person? Sure, I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But a corporation, especially one that is as big as Google is and getting bigger? Never. Not in a million years. They will continue to do the 'right thing' as long as they feel like they'll make more money that way. As soon as that is not the case though, then no more mr nice guy. This is a guarantee - just as inexorable as the law of gravity. Mind you, I don't hate Google, and don't consider them any better/worse than their contemporaries. They're just a little smarter with their deception, and lulling people into a false sense of security.

Am I saying we should boycott? Nah. After all, unless you want to go live in a cabin somewhere, you have to interact with these psychopaths, so you gotta pick the lesser of all evils. And right now, that's Google. But I do think we should treat them like a lion in the wild. I don't give a shit how friendly a lion appears to be... you better be on your guard at all times. One minute he could be cordial with you, and the next minute you're lunch.

Edited 2013-04-14 09:49 UTC

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