Why You Shouldn't Trust Google

Jan 21, 2008 • 9:29 am | comments (7) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Tad Chef, aka SEO 2.0, wrote an interesting piece on the Collective Thoughts blog about why you shouldn't trust Google. Among his reasons:

  • Google supports and implements censorship measures in nondemocratic countries like China
  • Google owns one of the biggest US SEO companies, now isn’t that a conflict of interest?
  • Google will disclose your private data or IP to identify you even to authorities of non-democratic countries or in cases where people are guilty of free speech

Another nine reasons are listed that range from Google utilizing students to manually clean up search results to using the same rhetoric as the Bush administration ("we're not evil").

Obviously he's a big Google skeptic. On Sphinn, numerous individuals have cheered for the post but others, like Jason Falls, found trouble with it. His argument is that the post was controversial linkbait that attempted to drive traffic to the the blog post.

But the bottom line is that Google is under a microscope because of its big presence. As one user on Sphinn says, "People never like monopolies and the same applies to Google."

Danny Sullivan takes every item and compares them to other search engines in his comment on Sphinn. Compared to Yahoo and MSN, Google doesn't seem half bad. It's the nature of business, I suppose.

Do you trust the big G? Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.



John S. Rhodes

01/21/2008 03:08 pm

You don't hear much any more about "Do No Evil" regarding Google. Actually, I need to be more accurate. Here's the real corporate language they use: "You can make money without doing evil." So, they care very much about making money but they don't think you need to do evil to make that money. Still, I haven't heard much about this philosophy in a while. ~ John

No Name

01/21/2008 04:08 pm

Well, if they own a big SEO company then they must be thinking: "You can do SEO without doing evil"

No Name

01/21/2008 04:22 pm

A monopoly is never good - yes is my belief. The fact that they tout "no evil" slogan and yet sleep with an enemy of free speech and 'do evil" country to get more market global share -AKA - more money..... Only proves that you can't trust Google. Do I hate Google - no, but not no fool either............


01/21/2008 05:09 pm

Implementing censorship in China seems to be the only way to be allowed to operate in that country. Do you think the people in China would be better of without Google? I don't think it's immoral to do business in a non-democratic country and apply censorship.. I believe that when Google get's the chance it will stop the censorship. Meanwhile it creates jobs for (in this case) Chinese people and starts debate about censorship.


01/22/2008 12:06 pm

Google for AntiTrust smudge campaign, just like microsoft. I like it! Dare someone install secret cams in hacks bedrooms.


02/15/2008 11:41 pm

Google is also censoring a lot of websites in democratic countries like Germany. Especially Nazi-sites and stuff like that. This might be a good reason for censorship, but how does this really vary from censorship in China?

Jacques Snyman 4 SEO

02/16/2008 10:02 am

Pray tell which SEO company? Do pardon my ignorance!

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