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Die Google-Falle. Die unkontrollierte…

Die Google-Falle. Die unkontrollierte Weltmacht im Internet

by Gerald Reischl

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The title translates to "The Google trap". The book is a highly sensationalist work about google and the power it has gained over the last few years. I already knew a lot of the stuff he pulled together for his book and doubt or disagree with the rest. The only footnotes contained links to websites/services he mentioned. Only when he quoted newspaper articles he was specific as to the exact date and newspaper/journal. Besides, I don't really trust a person who writes a whole book about google and can't tell the difference between the WWW and the internet. There also were some inconsiencies in the book - he called the Microsoft search engine MSN in the first half and only switched over to Live in the second and proceeded to put an exclamation mark at the end of the word - stuff a good editor should have caught and that shouldn't happen in a book about a search engine. I also thought it was rather ridiculous that he tried to blame the cut&paste culture on Google and demanded they do something about it. Google is neither the reason for plagiarism nor is it responsible. It doesn't provide the content, it's just a tool!
Don't get me wrong, I think Google collects too much data and has way too much power. Google has a market share of almost 90% in the German speaking areas. That means it can make sites "disappear" from the internet by deleting them from their index and 90% of the internet users here wouldn't be able to access that website. And I've heard stories of course of this happening to unsuspecting small businesses who didn't know what they did wrong to get on the bad side of google and got kicked out of the index. They couldn't get any information from them on how to get back in and what got them deleted in the first place. No website is entitled to be in the index, so there's little you can do. This is the stuff that worries me
  verenka | Jun 13, 2010 |
I suspect that Reischl is right, and Google knows more about us than is safe. But he doesn't seem to have an answer for that, which I suspect is also right. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Mar 14, 2009 |
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