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Posted 04 March 2005 - 04:20 PM
Posted 04 March 2005 - 04:33 PM
Ohh is that what you do *dries the monitor and keyboard*.... hey this interwebnet thing is much more usable when you click links
Posted 04 March 2005 - 05:07 PM
From the Google page about it
There's no need to check for new versions of Google Toolbar; updates are installed automatically, so you'll always have the latest and greatest version.
I have the tool bar and mine has not updated. Not sure if that's because of a firewall, spyware blocking tools or what. Perhaps they haven't updated it yet?
Posted 04 March 2005 - 05:26 PM
This is kind of humorous, though...
They did it on purpose! They're stealing my memory, my bandwidth AND my customers!!
Posted 04 March 2005 - 06:13 PM
Yikes. That sounds a little too much like a setup for a DDOS. Did they ask anyone's permission?
Posted 04 March 2005 - 11:03 PM
Fast forward and we will have embedded ads competing with online ads and many of your favorite sites will end up having to close down because they will not be able to pay for their hosting services.
The mom and pops and web publishers will be the first to suffer.
For those who do not know, Microsoft tried to do this back in 2001 and and they will have the green light to try again. Google and Microsoft must have a deal because Microsoft owns the patent on this technology. That is the stinker that so many people are missing.
AutoLinks is step one in a plan to funnel billions of dollars to the major portals. In the end, they will be perfectly wedged in between the major retailers and the consumers. This is a very subtle power grab.
If you love the Internet, you better be worried.
Posted 04 March 2005 - 11:20 PM
This is a bit off topic, but actually, they don't expect nor really care if you obey their rules, nor if you show up in their search engine.
Just thought I'd mention that!
Posted 04 March 2005 - 11:47 PM
My point being, It's not my place to tell them what they do w/ their website or search results, that's their business. I will try to meet their "stated" expectations (rules) in order to participate. However, equally, I have the right to decide what is presented on my website. If they expect to participate in my webspace then they should be bound to my expectations and limitations, which certainly do not allow for inserting any unauthorized functionality that has the potential of hijacking my traffic.
I realize they are big, I am small, they will do anything they damn well please ... but they are crossing the line here.
Edited by arlen, 05 March 2005 - 12:21 AM.
Posted 05 March 2005 - 03:33 PM
First, Google's TOS has nothing to do with Webmasters. There is no Terms of Service for Webmasters. You simply create a site and Google may or may not index it. It's their engine, and that's basically how it works.
Google has indeed published some "Webmaster Guidelines" for those who do wish to be included in their index. The idea is that if you pretty much follow those, they should pretty much have no problem indexing your site. If you don't, your site may or may not get indexed.
But none of this has anything to do with the autolink tool that the general public gets when they download the latest toolbar version.
Posted 05 March 2005 - 09:48 PM
Edited by arlen, 05 March 2005 - 10:03 PM.
Posted 05 March 2005 - 10:37 PM
Google has the right to refuse to show any of my sites on any of their sites. They have that right because they own and control their own domains. Additionally, if they do in fact choose to display my sites they have the right to reflect them in any light they would like, via the snippets they alone choose. Those are their rights that I freely acknowledge since they do in fact own Google.com and I don't.
By the same token webmasters, who also own and control their domains, should have the same right to control their space without having to worry about anything being usurped by some cockeyed, lame brain decision made by Google or any other third party who has chosen to release some really bad software.
They have no more right to alter my work and my sites than I have to alter Google.com.
Or to put it more simply, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
Posted 06 March 2005 - 12:01 AM
Posted 06 March 2005 - 07:43 AM
It's the old Google doesn't owe us anything argument, which is true.
But we don't owe them anything either. Not even our respect after a move like this one IMHO.
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