Closed co-op?

Tell me if I’m wrong about Google Co-op — because it’s damned near impossible to tell what it is from their description — but it seems to be a closed system for enriching Google but not the internet. That is, it gets us to give Google meta data about sites that are supposed to improve their searches but, so far as I can tell, that data is not available to anyone else. Closed? Evil? You tell me.

  • Sounds like Google wants to break up the Internet into its own closed communities, with, of course, the Chinese behind their own “Chinese Walls”.

  • Thereare other examples out there of trying to control traffic or information. I find infuriating. You come across a great post somewhere and you want to post a reply, but then you get that sign in. Nightmare. It’s just pure hassle and it doesn’t even link back to you. It’s as if they’re trying to hog the links and keep them within a space they can control. Of course, it’s all done in the name of privacy protection, but it really feels like something else. I imagine the laws of online evolution will eventually weed out that kind of practice. Long live WordPress!

  • Online “social networking” is the new trend Google, Yahoo!, MSN and countless others are pursuing in hopes of creating online communities that’ll help them “AOLize” their business model.

    The prize? Advertising money to “reach” their newly created social networks. Lots of ad money or in Google’s case, AdSense revenues.

    All social networks, like LinkedIn, are closed to whoever isn’t a member. When you jump into the social network, you’re bound by rules. Sometimes it’s for the better and sometimes not.

    The web itself, as it is, looks like the best model — even if that means getting presented with weird content once in a while. At least, we’re a lot more in control and that’s absolutely priceless, for any “independent” user.