Good cults and bad cults

Google logo sign in Google building

Who would have thought that making your motto “don’t be evil”/”do no harm” would have be effective enough strategy to get everyone to quietly ignore everything you were doing that was a bit dodgy. Well it’s worked for doctors and, of course, Google.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have strong belief that most doctors act in the best interests of their patients, and would even without the hipocratic oath. It’s more of a formulation of the principle than a rule to live by.

I’ve got no particularly strong reason for doubting the intentions of the big G either. But if anyone else – and I mean anyone, not just Microsoft or IBM, I don’t even mean the British or US government, even if it were our parents, friends… the clergy – knew about us what Google knows about us, there would be public demonstrations.

I’m not immune to this view. I have Google desktop, I use Gmail, I’ve even been known to use the Google’s search engine, Google Reader is my favourite RSS reader, I’ve seen a couple of OCD cats on YouTube… but this *will* be an issue.

Here’s the beautfully-made video of their alleged masterplan (bear in mind, no one is denying the genome bit).

Here’s a great little debate on relative anonymity in Google which adds the privacy concerns of Google Checkout and the cookie-placing of adSense and adWords campaigns.

As I mentioned before, Economist had a really good explanation of what the value exchange actually is

Oh yes, and this: the Google phone to phone your g-Broker and arrange the g-Kids g-School.

Incidentally, I am currently reading the book The Google Story – a thoroughly unremarkable book about a thoroughly remarkable business. The author has a quite horrific style not quite up to the standard of a royal biographer but some of the annecdotes are quite interesting so far.



  1. Any tales from the book that are worth sharing?
    Hope that all is good with you and the new job is going well!


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