Hiding from Google

January 20, 2010

Perched in a train station, I have a tough time surfing the hot search and content processing news. I was able to connect to an article in Forbes Magazine called “How to Hide from Google.” I find write ups in business magazines that describe proxies and the onion router mildly amusing. What struck me, however, was not the comment that TOR exhibited latency or the omission of other methods for ensuring that various tracking objects can be deleted from a user’s system. No. What I liked was the juxtaposition of advertisements on the Web page. Here’s what I see on my browser on January 20, 2010:

Forbes article screenshot

I noticed two advertisements for Microsoft. The first, visible even in the tiny WordPress thumbnail is the MSFT logo opposite the title and a second ad in the outside right column. When I looked at this, I asked myself, “Who is sponsoring this anti Google advertisement?” I did not see a China logo. So it can’t be those chirpy folks to the East. I did not see an Apple logo, maker of laptops much beloved by the Mountain View marketers. I did see two Microsoft logos, however. Interesting in the view of the addled goose. The sponsored by Microsoft tag suggests an advertorial to me, but how can this be in a business magazine?

Stephen E Arnold, January 20, 2010

I wish to disclose that no one, friend or fowl, paid me to point out this interesting juxtaposition of Google and Microsoft content. I am in frosty Europe, sort of in between jurisdictions. I will report this free write up to the first person with a uniform I see in the train station in Germany.


One Response to “Hiding from Google”

  1. Health Medicine : on October 31st, 2010 12:08 am

    it is quite sad that most train stations these days are horrendously overloaded ~

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