[Web4lib] "Will Google search favor Google content?"

Day, James jday at seminolecountyfl.gov
Thu Aug 7 10:21:48 EDT 2008

Actually, Google's stated mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" (http://www.google.com/corporate).  I'm certain they think Knol is doing just that.


At least Knol (http://knol.google.com) is branded Google (or at least resides on the Google domain) so searchers using Google can see that Google is pointing them to its own resource.  With Google companies YouTube or Blogger, that isn't obvious.


James Day, MSLIS
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Information Technology Services

Seminole County Government
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Arnoldy, Ben. Will Google search favor Google content? The search giant’s new online encyclopedia raises concerns about conflict of interest. Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2008.



An excerpt:


"'This is a step too far,' says Danny Sullivan, editor in chief of Search Engine Land. 'Google’s job started out being a service that points people to other information, and that remains their primary job – not to be providing the information themselves.'...'They really didn’t need to do Knol,' says Sullivan. 'What you really want sometimes is for Google to say no to itself.'"


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