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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-15 18:40
Expect Google's bull-in-a-china-shop entry into social, to try and neutralize FaceBook, to bring lots more major unwanted privacy attention to the privacy-challenged social media business model, and to contribute to the eventual bursting of the Internet investment Bubble 2.0.
I. Privacy Baseline is on the Move: Bipartisan Interest in Privacy Protection Strengthening
Anyone following social media or Google would be remiss to not notice the flurry of recent bipartisan, bicameral, and bi-branch interest in increasing privacy protection of online users in just the last few weeks.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-04-11 14:19
Google's ignominious Federal rap sheet only grows longer.
I. What does this mean?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-08 10:59
Ironically after Google's Larry Page pledged in the first line of his 2004 IPO letter -- that "Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one." -- Google under his new CEO leadership is in fact rapidly becoming much more of a "conventional" company.
Three Big Early Signs from Mr. Page's CEO-ship:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-04-01 18:51
When the world's most powerful company gets a new CEO for the first time in a decade, everyone naturally has a lot of questions.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-03-31 21:03
I applaud the FTC for taking Google's privacy misrepresentations and deceptions so seriously and look forward to the FTC rigorously enforcing this landmark consent order.
Summary of Takeaways:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-03-17 13:41
Popular bipartisan interest in safeguarding consumers privacy in the U.S. and Europe confronts Google with a core strategic problem because Google's targeted advertising business model is no "privacy by design" and no "privacy by default."
Google's No Privacy By Design model is unique.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-03-14 11:37
Google's imaginary spokesmodel Brandi Sparkles explained the logic and thinking behind Google considering branding its new Social media effort and "Facebook Killer" service -- "Circles" -- in the following statement.
"After analyzing everything that everyone has ever said privately or publicly about the word "circles" in digital recorded history, Google's skynet computer decided that Google should name its secret "Facebook-killer" social media service -- drum roll please -- "Circles!!!" (Cue: The digital crowd and the media Googlerati should now roar with approval and delirium at witnessing branding perfection by artificial intelligence. Pretty cool! Pretty cool!)
Google's skynet computer liked the many connotations that spring to mind when one hears the words: "Google Circles."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-03-08 11:59
Brandy Sparkles, Google's roving PR crisis manager parachuted into London last night to snuff out any dissent or questions about Google's purchase of BeatThatQuote.com, a UK price comparison site Google is buying for a reported $37m.
After sizing up the SEOBook's charge that Google was being hypocritical in not following its own rules, Brandy Sparkles released the following statement:
"We are the Goog. We make the rules for others on the Internet and we can change them any time we want. That's the way this world works. Life is not fair and Google does not try to be.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-02-25 12:31
Expect privacy concerns to be the eventual catalyst that ultimately bursts the Internet investment Bubble 2.0. It is rare when there is a profound disconnect and suspension of reality between industry behavior/investment expectations and customer wants, needs and expectations, but that is precisely what is at work in Bubble 2.0.
This is deja vu for me. I've seen this movie before when I had a front row seat as the original dotcom Bubble 1.0 wiped away $4 trillion in market valuation in a few weeks.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-02-23 11:32
See a preview below of Google's likely official public apology for collecting kids' partial Social Security #s and other private information -- without the permission of their parents.
"We are deeply sorry, very very sorry, and even oh-so-sorry for collecting partial social security numbers, date and place of birth on kindergartners and grade schoolers participating in the Doodle-4-Google contest.