Google and the Purloined Letter Tactic

January 6, 2018

I am amused by bright “real” journalists who have a knack for documenting the obvious.

First, however, check out this diagram from a report I wrote in 2004 for a client and published a year later as “The Google Legacy.” (A fair copy is still available by writing benkent2020 at yahoo dot com.)


This is my presentation of the Google “walled garden.” Note that the information I gathered made this approach clear at the same time Google was just starting to catch the attention of “real” journalists.

The diagram makes it clear that if one wants to play in the Google garden, there are a couple of ways in. Neither is without restrictions.

Now consider this write up which is getting some Twitter love on January 6, 2017:

Chrome Is Turning into the New Internet Explorer 6

The idea is that Google is — gasp! — now making Chrome less “open.”

The date on the write up? 2004, 2010, 2015? Nah. January 4, 2018.

Talk about old news. Yeah, why not? The puloined letter was in plain site. No mystery. Just human inability to preceive reality.

Stephen E Arnold, January 6, 2018


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