Saturday, November 03, 2007
The best blogs about Google
Rex Sorgatz of Fimoculous, answers the question: Among the scores of sites devoted to Google-watching, sympathetic and skeptical, which are the best?
Google Operating System
By far the most comprehensive destination for all-things-Google, this site consistently reads between the lines of the press releases, teases out hidden features, and scoops tech reporters without even trying. The name derives from the notion that the operating system as we know it is dying–and moving online.
Taking a slightly more newsy agenda, Blogscoped tracks new product releases, privacy concerns, and releases from Google competitors.
The Official Google Blog
You might think that Google could be the one company that uses blogging as more than a PR platform. You’d be wrong.
The Google Public Policy Blog
Also penned by Google insiders, this controversial site abandons public relations in favor of lawyerly reflection. Some call it propaganda; others, a transparent way of being a PAC. Either way, it’s an eye into what Google’s lawyers in D.C. are working on.
Google News Blog
As Google tries to figure out where it stands as a content company, this blog from the Google News team shows some of their thinking.
Just Say “No” To Google
This might be the most popular blog of all time that has only one post. Originally an email circulated by Microsoft employees, the site’s solo post posits the pluses and minuses at working at Google versus Microsoft. Although it tilts slightly toward Microsoft in its estimation, it’s still an evenly argued examination of what each company offers its employees.
Google has plenty of problems — privacy concerns, PageRank gamers, and its policy China policy, for starters. Google Watch articulates several of these, but an unsurprisingly backlash-to-the-backlash has sprung up: Google-Watch-Watch.org.
Since leaving Microsoft last year, Robert Scoble’s blog has become considerably more pro-Google and anti-Microsoft. But the archives contain a wealth of “why do I get no respect?” rants.
When you hear this former Weblogs, Inc. founder speak about Google, it’s all about how the robots aren’t winning the battle against the spammers. Looking for a hotel in Paris? Just type in “Paris Hilton” and see what happens. His solution is to put humans back in control by launch Mahalo.com, where actual humans are crafting search result pages, rather than algorithms.
the best blogs about Google
By Steve Perry
October 30, 2007
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