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Google used the phrase "Don't be evil" in it's past. I never really understood this statement. Corporations aren't inherently good or evil. They make decisions to try and maximize profit, which can either be A.) legal or B.) illegal. Then it's up to the consumers and law enforcement call these businesses out.

Google has gotten so big that decisions are being made on many different levels, it's impossible to peg them as being good or evil. Even if the CEO were to institute a plan to steal users' credit card numbers, it wouldn't be representative of Google as whole. They would certainly be looking for a new CEO though.

The reason for me bringing up this topic is Larry Page will be taking back the reins as CEO, replacing the recently resigned Eric Schmidt. Page has stated his plans of making Google the way it once was. You know, before it became an evil, faceless organization.

Ron Miller, who I linked to above believes it's too late for Google to become that exciting, ground-breaking entity it once was. I'm inclined to agree with him. This isn't to say Page is going to fail. There's a good chance Google will become much more efficient under his direction, and we'll start seeing more ground-breaking releases from them. However, the free spirited, let our minds carry the torch nature of Google is gone. They're a corporation now.

Miller makes another good point in his article, stating how Google doesn't need to internally come up with new services or technologies, as they can just buy out other start-ups. As most corporations do.

It will be interesting to see how Google changes with Page in charge. While they might not be able to become that sassy, up-and-coming startup it once was, corporate efficiency can always increase. "evil".

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It took my marketing team a long exhaustive time to convince me to start a social media campaign starting with Facebook and Twitter. This was around the time when it was announced that the hits to FB exceeded Google's hits.

I thought about it longer. "Hits" greater than Google? Does a hit include every time a page is loaded with a FB script? If so, then I'm not impressed because nearly every website nowadays has a FB script.

What convinced me was the targeted ads and number of members (if we can believe that number that FB provides.)

Now, I further researched FB and found that they practice some things that I don't like. One is their stalking users that consume twice the bandwidth on my site. A second is their push to make every aspect of our lives public whether or not the individual wants it. Third, their computer-controlled photo tagging faces is one practice that I don't relish because it is prone to high error. Imagine you're erroneously tagged and don't find out about it for years. Meanwhile, others are seeing & believing it.

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