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Google's goobristic permission policy: We never need your permission, but you always need ours
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-06-07 12:57
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, dismissed the notion that Google was "arrogant" in an FT interview.
It seems to me that "the arrogance comes across" with Google because Google operates, and expects to operate, under a double standard -- where rules, laws and expectations apply to others, but do not, and should not, apply to Google -- because Google is somehow special.
The latest example of Google's expectation to be treated differently and better than Google treats everyone else -- is Google's "permissions" policy. (See the Goobris Series below for other examples.)
Only Googlers would not see the irony or hypocrisy in requiring others to seek Google's permission when Google maintains it needs no one's permission to do its business.
This special treatment/double standard appears to be a well worn pattern for Google. Consider:
In sum, Goobris is Google expecting that all the rules, laws and standards that apply to others -- do not, and should not, apply to Google -- because Google is special.
Goobris I: "Goobris"
Goobris II: "Goobris Alert: 'We want to be Santa Claus'"
Goobris III: "Clueless Goobris"
Goobris IV: "Schmidt Goobris: 'we should have 100% share.'"
Goobris V: "Real Discrimination Goobris -- Google's hiding its EEO track record"