Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Google takes over the world

Have you ever stopped to consider how many blogs Google has running at any given moment? No. Well have a look at the number of Google blogs listed on down the lower right hand side of the Official Google Australia Blog, or down the lower left hand side of Googles controversial and much neglected Librarian Central blog. With blogs such as:

Google Testing Blog,
Google Research Blog,
Google Public Policy Blog,
Google Online Security Blog,
Google Mashup Editor Blog
Google Web Toolkit Blog, and of course the
The Official Google Blog,

...to name but a few. You really get the impression that Google is taking over the Web-a-sphere. Why there is even the Official Google Channel on YouTube. I almost feel sorry for Microsoft.

Is this a good thing? Maybe, maybe not, but Bibliothekia is always wary of monopolise. While we may cry out that Google has treated libraries poorly (See How Google Used Librarians…and Got Away With It), we have also benefited from all the services we get from Google (See Bibliothekia's post Is Google using libraries and does it matter).

One very interesting commentator on the "Googlization of Everything" is Siva Vaidhyanathan. Check out his aptly named blog The Googlization of Everything: How one company is disrupting culture, commerce, and community...and why we should worry. Siva has written some very good and interesting books: Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). Siva is a voice all librarians should listen to even, if you don't always agree with what he says.

1 comment:

Siva said...

Thanks! Unfortunately, there was a serious security issue at my Web host. So I will not be blogging this week.

Siva