Ok, despite similar accusations of monopoly attempts and/or info theft from the likes of Washington Post, NY Times, Reuters, TechCrunch, ZDnet and others; Google-bashing seems like the thing to do. I’m certainly guilty of writing yet another sensationalist and wildly accusing title pitting Google’s ever-encroaching yet seemingly undefined business model, against their supposedly well-defined “don’t be evil” motto.
Seriously though, we’re feeling this one at BCmoney all the way to the bank. Take a look at some of our latest monthly traffic logs from Google’s Index web crawler:
The growth in the size and frequency of visits by the Googlebot spider is starting to possibly interfere with regular traffic, and certainly seems excessive, when technically speaking they shouldn’t have to go much further than visiting the first few kb of any page on the BCmoney site, which has a page-rank of 4.
Suspicious indeed. Maybe the index is beginning to store more than just a matrix of terms and keyword results, but in fact complete unlawful mirrors. Maybe not that much data, but the new snapshot feature already has the blogosphere on fire with titles like Is Google Stealing Your Content and Hijacking Your Traffic.
So what do you think? Is Google turning into the tech monopoly they once publicly denounced and prosecuted. More than even the most hardcore Googlers, we want to consider Google a friend and ally with many great web services and tools available to small businesses. But with seemingly anti-competitive activities like their recent Net Neutrality flip-flop, oddly aggressive acquisitions of late, infamous foul-ups, forays into any and every e-business industry, curious quotes and alleged ties to the CIA, they are making it not only tough but downright scary for the little guy to both compete as a business or enjoy some level of control of their information and privacy.
Here’s hoping that the world’s largest scope creep (i.e. the project to build a better search engine) doesn’t end in heartbreak and tragedy for the loyal Googlers and (at least at the time of this writing) the larger web users of the world. In the meantime, as it all plays out, maybe we can at least send Google our bills for the portion of monthly traffic Googlebot chews through, because AdSense unfortunately isn’t covering the hosting bills for us yet after running a “below-the-fold” trial site-wide since November.
So, lets summarize the Pros & Cons of the currently undisputed champion in e-Business:
Google is definitely good (at much of what it does), but seems to be trying way too hard to attain greatness (at the expense of users’ privacy and detably the existence of many small businesses). After 12 years of success online, they’ve learned to take the criticism in stride and continue to innovate or incorporate innovative companies into their service offerings. In our humble opinion though, the sooner they re-focus on doing what they do best, which is offering excellent value through their search and advertising products, the better.
BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money
The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:
1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.
2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.
3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.