Feb 3 2011

Has Google Jumped The Shark?

Everybody knows that Google’s search results have suffered due to spam, content farms, black hat SEOs, social media marketers, trolls, and gypsies. As Google’s search results continue to degrade due to spam content and its social networks (Orkut, Buzz, Wave) have floundered Google been on the attack against the competition, not so much on the technical front but in the press. It was just a few months that Google lashed out at Facebook over import/export of user data. Now Google has its sights on Microsoft Bing. It was only late last year when tech journalist started to notice Google copy feature which appeared first on Bing, see here and here. Now Google, in an orchestrated and designed PR stunt accuse Microsoft Bing of copying Google’s search results.

Google's Home Page

Google's Home Page

Just like Microsoft, Google uses thousands of data points from users online usage from web crawlers, social media, ad networks, analytics, clickstream, retweets, likes, trends, and other methods. Google uses a lot of different data points to improve their search results, not just crawling from a href to a href. Google has tracking information on users, from every side of the click. Google often has and collects information when a user clicks a link on its search result page and on the visited page (if that site uses any of Google products such as Analytics or Adsense). Google is sitting pretty collecting data from every angle, because it has the market share to do so and tells competitors “No Soup for You.” The orchestrated “synthetic” outrage from Google and associated Bing sting borders into monopolistic behavior.

Is using Twitter’s firehose cheating? In a black and white world, were using calculators in a test is considered cheating, then using Twitter’s firehose is cheating. If using Twitter’s firehose is considered cheating, then Google cheats too.


Dec 13 2009

Retweet November 2009

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • If bad artists copy and great artists steal then bad programmers copy and great programmers cut and paste.
  • You have to think outside our current requirements and think about solutions that fit the platform and which we can build product features.
  • Can programmer mood/happiness be deciphered based on rate of check-ins, changelist, source code diff size, amount of refactoring?
  • Software is alchemy. The magic of software is that it can turn complexity to simplicity.
  • One man’s feature is another’s complexity.

Team Leadership

  • A 10:00 PM design leads to 1:00 AM release leads to 8:00 AM FAIL.
  • There are sore losers and sour winners!
  • You may know your competitors, but do you know your complementor? Complementors are businesses and services that complement yours.
  • Know thy competitor, and get to know thy complementor.
  • The biggest risk is not taking risks.
  • Don’t be afraid of someone stealing your idea, be afraid that someone is actually going to follow through with it
  • Taking startup advice is like taking dating advice.

Product Placement

  • Google Wave does not feel like a wave, it is more like a creek and I am without a paddle.
  • I’m riding the Google Wave, but not drinking the Google Kool-Aid.
  • It’s great that Apple invest in design and multi-touch tech, but they need to invest in water proof tech too. I’ve lost two ipods to water.
  • I want to tether an iPod Touch with an iPhone.
  • The iPhone is the PC.
  • I have a growing collection of ebooks on my Kindle, in fact I have not bought a hard cover book since I got my Kindle over a year ago.
  • Recharging my Kindle. It used to be that a book recharged my creativity and imagination now I have to recharge my ebook.
  • FaceBook should just rename itself to FarmBook! All I see on FaceBook when I sign in are updates from FarmVille, Cafe World, etc…
  • Will Microsoft port Google Go to the .NET platform? Why will they call it? G++? Iron Google Go? Google Go 2010 Business Edition?
  • What will people abbreviate Google Go down to? GooGo? GoGo? Goo? Goog++? Golang? Pogo?
  • ‘Python 300’ + ‘C++’ + Googleplex + $$$ + WTF = Google Go

Self Development

  • Creditability is worth more than money in the bank.
  • It is better to work on your own ideas than on someone else’s assumptions.
  • To think outside the box it helps to first master the box.
  • Don’t do what stops you from doing what you want to do unless that is what you want to do.
  • You are damned if you do, damned if you don’t, and damned if you hesitate.
  • If you don’t have the key to success, call on a locksmith.

Quotes

  • The biggest motivation is not the money but the impact. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • You can’t build everything and there is no more a killer feature. Everyone has a different killer feature. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • I am the unhappiest WordPress user in the world, I think it sucks. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • Having a virtual assistant is one of the greatest training for managers. – Matt Coffin/#TWiST 27
  • I only believe rumors that I start – Mike Elgan
  • Wait a second, … you’ll waiting for me to take a risk, and then you’ll take a risk, that is not risk at all – @jason/#TWiST
  • We spend more time worrying and planning for the downside than we do spend worrying and planning for the upside. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • A lot of what you have to do as CEO is convince the employees that you are not a normal company. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • If you don’t have control of your company, you are an employee. – Mark Pincus
  • The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer