Googler Says: Google’s Corporate Blog Is Lame

OK the "lame" was my addition. But it sure is nice to see some constructive criticism from a real live Googler. Massless is the site of Chris Wetherell, a UI jockey at Google. This was posted over a week ago, but I'm just catching up on some of my…

OK the “lame” was my addition. But it sure is nice to see some constructive criticism from a real live Googler. Massless is the site of Chris Wetherell, a UI jockey at Google. This was posted over a week ago, but I’m just catching up on some of my reading.



The Google Blog hasn’t caught up yet. It’s a surprising mis-representation – the culture we work in is fast, decisive, and colloquial but the blog voice is stiff. It’s your not-so-cool uncle unbuttoning his shirt, listening to The Postal Service (but only the single of Such Great Heights) and proclaiming that Yeah, I totally dig your stuff you kids, this hip-hop speaks to me too. Um. Dogg. *flashes hang ten sign*.

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Odeo

Evan Williams, late of Google and Blogger, is at it again, with a podcasting service called Odeo. Here's the blog about the service, and his own post on the story behind Odeo. And here's the NYT coverage (reg required). From that: The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as…

OdeoEvan Williams, late of Google and Blogger, is at it again, with a podcasting service called Odeo.

Here’s the blog about the service, and his own post on the story behind Odeo. And here’s the NYT coverage (reg required).

From that:

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The Week That Was

Take a week off, a lot of things happen. Here's a round up of the news that was. Lots of folks arguing that Google's new version of its toolbar (covered here) is an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of site owners and/or users. Dan Gillmor covers it here, SEW…

Take a week off, a lot of things happen. Here’s a round up of the news that was.

Lots of folks arguing that Google’s new version of its toolbar (covered here) is an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of site owners and/or users. Dan Gillmor covers it here, SEW here. Myself, I think it’s just another feature, and if you don’t want it, don’t use it. I like the idea of control, and agree that ideally a toolbar user could toggle it on or off. But in the end, if it’s useful, it’ll take. If it isn’t, it won’t.

In lighter news, Lycos announced a dating search application. Can’t find a date? Use a search engine.

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About The New York Times: Deep Into Web 2.0 Now

A reasonable initial response to the news that The New York Times company purchased About.com for $410 million is shock – after all, that's a lot of money for a $40 million revenue business that was pretty much left for dead not four years ago. Ten times revenue? 30…

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A reasonable initial response to the news that The New York Times company purchased About.com for $410 million is shock – after all, that’s a lot of money for a $40 million revenue business that was pretty much left for dead not four years ago. Ten times revenue? 30 times EBITDA? The bubble is back, right?

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Google Hits Oregon Trail

Gary Stein notes that Google is buying up some land in Oregon for a technology center, and also notes that Yahoo is moving its media division to Santa Monica, a fact I knew, but neglected to mention here before….Yahoo's moves into media are starting to look very interesting, I…

Gary Stein notes that Google is buying up some land in Oregon for a technology center, and also notes that Yahoo is moving its media division to Santa Monica, a fact I knew, but neglected to mention here before….Yahoo’s moves into media are starting to look very interesting, I hope to speak to Lloyd Braun shortly about it all.

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