Google: Communicating Differently, Maybe Less?
August 5, 2012
There was an interesting “official” Google Blog post on August 3, 2012. Google slipped in a zinger with its usually run down of terminated products I never heard about. Here’s the killer passage in “Giving You a Better Google,” which is a heck of an Orwellian title in my opinion:
Google maintains 150+ blogs and other communications channels about our products and services, and so over time we’ll also be closing a number of Google-created blogs that are either updated infrequently, or are redundant with other blogs. This doesn’t mean that we’ll be sharing any less information—we’ll just be posting our updates on our more popular channels.
When online content disappears, how does one know what was there? One doesn’t. Does the Wayback Machine or the Library of Congress tweet project captures the information? I don’t think so. Are the data in these blogs potentially useful going forward? I can’t answer the question. I do know that if content is not online, it does not exist.
George Orwell allegedly said:
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
Stephen E Arnold, August 5, 2012
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