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Vanessa a Google fangirl? Strange but true! I love Google! Google+ Rocks! I want to have Vic Gundotra’s baby! And now for the truly disturbing part: I’m totally and completely serious.
21st Century Media
The Nymwars were bad. Massive civil rights in cyberspace implications. Sad to see Google on the wrong side. Still, I need to get over it. What should have been clear to me all along is that Google is (mostly) on our side. My cousin Sofia tries to avoid emotional value terms and talk instead of business models. And the business models of Facebook or Apple, are just a lot less aligned with my interests. Of those 3 giant players in the media of our age, only one truly lives in this century.
Facebook is the ultimate walled garden. They’ll probably gain even more power as service providers slowly but persistently turn the innovative, young, open Internet, into the mature, profitable, closed Internet. Facebook works hard every day to take us back to the 1993 hegemony of AOL. Remember 1993: the Web was just starting to get big, and the walled garden of AOL was reluctantly starting to let users go out to the WILD Web? With the admonishment that you’d never find the quality or the safety of AOL out on that sprawling mess. Twenty years later, Facebook is the new AOL.
There’s no doubt about it, Apple Inc. creates the sexiest products the world has ever seen. Much has been built with Mac. iOS has changed the world. But I still believe it’s wrong to associate Apple with 21st century values. Steve Jobs wasn’t “Silicon Valley,” he was “Hollywood.” Steve Jobs was the last mogul. Or the first of the new age. His message was consistently that you don’t want the “amateur hour” of many-to-many sites like YouTube, you want the good old one-to-many “quality” products of the media empires of the previous century. Enter the curated iTunes store, Apple TV, and all the rest.
Organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Facebook’s business model is to keep your eyes on their site. Forever. Todd Alcott’s frantic slam poem Television, could speak for Facebook just as well:
NoNoNoNoNoNo, don’t look over there! There’s nothing to look at over there! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!
I Am a Google Fangirl
Google actually wants you to use the breadth and depth of the entire open web. They just want to be the highway system that connect it all. Sure they make lots of money with those billboards on the roadside. But they’re also helping our knowledge and idea cars to go anywhere.
Berry explained in her Google Authorship post that Google tools are helping us. The search engine you already use wants to make your blog more prominent! Is feeding a few more links to Google+ too much to pay? We should all be Google Fangirls and Google Fanboys!
Let’s be more active on Google+!
Hey Vic, wanna date?