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Google has Priorities, just like my 8 year old

A few months ago Google was urged to add a “privacy” link to the Google home page. It was a big deal. We heard a selection of reasons why it was not possible, how it would be harmful, and why Google simply did not want to do it. In the end, with some drama about exactly how many words are on the Google Home Page Google finally did the deed and the privacy policy link appeared. The whole event was just like asking my 8 year old to do a chore. Same protestations, same drama, and same waste of more energy in protesting than actual doing.

But just as my 8 year old could go from “too tired to sweep the deck” to “ready to ride his bike 4 miles on order to get a new Lego Bionicle“, Google this week added a relative slew of new words (and a link) to the sacrosanct Google home page, front and center (with red highlights):

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Where a 7 letter, single word link to the privacy policy caused an uproar that consumed the time of esteemed Google executives like Marissa Meyer, this 10 word, 36 letter sentence was apparently added with eager enthusiasm.

I don’t know which is more tragic: that Marissa Meyer will awake with a realization of just how much Google’s Senior management values her time, or that people still grant Google the benefit of the doubt on issues of ethics, fairness, and monopoly business practices. When it comes to money, Google knows how to execute. When it comes to anything else, well, we have to be careful because it might not be best for the users.


  1. pagespank wrote:

    My thoughts exactly – they also did this with Chrome, and will do it again whenever their business model can benefit from the Google home page.

    Fair enough it’s their page and they can do what they want with it, but just like with the whole “don’t use the phrase ‘googling’ if you’re not using Google”, it only serves to make them look like petulent children rather than a mature company…

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 6:15 am | Permalink
  2. andreas wrote:

    where it comes from? actually it lacks new ideas for searching on the web, which
    the company needs to stay successful in the future.

    Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  3. Google is at it again. It is a shame that stories like this will never hit mainstream and open up peoples eyes on the Google.

    Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  4. i personally am gone beyond giving google the benefit of the doubt, they have evolved into a large corporate much the same way any large company becomes..

    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 11:58 am | Permalink