Archive for August, 2010
It appears that something is up with Google and their cache reporting. A lot of pages seem to have cache dates of August 12 or there abouts, sites that were previously cached regularly are reporting that they have not been cached.
So the questions now are :-
Is it the cache date reporting that is wrong or
Is it that Google has suddenly ramped down their caching?
Are they ‘full’ again as they were a couple of years back?
Is something BIG, HUGE, MONUMENTAL, about to happen, are we in for another update of ‘Florida’ proportions?
Much has been said of late at the apparent worsening of web spam handling within the Google index. Could we be standing on the precipice blissfully unaware
The future is bright, the future isn’t Orange (as the advert says). The future is YOU viewing documents as GOOGLE wants you to view them after having rewritten the content to suit themselves.
A recent patent application buy Google does just this. In short it is
A method of enhancing document browsing comprising:receiving personal information relating to a user;generating descriptive information based on a content of a first document and the personal information;identifying an additional document based on the descriptive information; and generating a second document that includes at least a portion of the content of the first document and including references to the additional documents.
Or in layman’s terms, they can grab a page, rewrite it to insert LINKS (paid adverts or otherwise) before you get to see it. In short, Google will ride roughshod over the advertising exclusivity agreements advertisers might have, or even WORSE would place advertising links to the COMPETITORS of the site owners!
This is not good, it is very not good, and the old ‘Don’t be Evil’ is becoming quite a joke of late.
Yep, according to Techcrunch Google is to stop all development on Google wave! Well this Old Welsh Guy has to say that maybe the reason for the almost total rejection by all but devout googlites or geeks was that we simply didn’t like the way it suddenly appeared in our private parts (ooer missus) without warning nor proper explanation.
Many people are starting not to trust Google as much as previously, little things like using toolbar feedback for URL discovery, or the automatic toolbar update changing privacy settings to personalised search, and feedback to google with information without asking did it for me.
Now all cookies from Google are blocked on my main browser, the Google toolbar has been wiped off the face of the earth, and I make sure there is nothing to sign me into Google at all. Which is a shame, as I really liked the simplicity of Chrome, now I don’t trust Google as far as I can throw them, and at 350 pound per share I struggle to lift them let alone throw them
So Wave has gone, which again is a shame, but whoever thought that launching a product that appears in someones face when they log into web mail REALLY should have read Dale Carnegie’s book on How to Win Friends and Influence People. Although they certainly influenced people to immediately hit the ‘NO THANKS’ option!