Google Master Plan 2.0 Revealed

Let’s see if this headline can get on Digg. Heheh. Yeah, it points to my interview with the Google Reader team. Yes, I linked to that in an earlier, less sensationalisticly-headlined post. Am I a traffic whore? Yes. Next question. 😉

Or, should I just give into the dark side of the force and put lots of funky icons like these underneath my blog post in a deseparate attempt to get you to add my post to sites like and Digg and BlueDot?

Hmmm, if I was a really good traffic beggar I’d even make the link to Digg prepopulate. Ahh, my evil plan for domination over Digg is almost complete.

Oh, damn, Digg just released a new algortihm to make it harder to get on the front page of Digg. Sigh.

Bad journalist gets blocked by ISP after plagiarizing

It’s amazing what my readers remember and go back and follow up on.

Stef Wisniewski posted a comment on a post I made back in March. One where I took on a journalist about bad reporting. Well, he followed up and found out that the “journalist” in question, David Richards, allegedly stole content from the Big Picture Big Sound Website.

My earlier problem with him was when he wrote an article about Windows Vista with a headline claiming that 60% of Vista would be rewritten after the publishing of the article. That was complete hogwash. Vista is pretty darn close to shipping and there was no way that it was 60% (or even 1%) rewritten between March and now.

When you learn a publication is willing to report totally made up crap and stand by it then you shouldn’t be surprised when other sleazy stuff happens too.

More details and real journalism being done by citizens over in the Whirlpool Forums.

Thanks Stef. Australia deserves a better journalist than this guy (what’s laughable is he’s CEO of a magazine. Sigh).

Will this little story about Google and CIA gain legs?

Notice how stories get passed along in the word-of-mouth networks. Here Karel leaves a link in my comments. That leads to his blog, which is asking is Google in bed with the CIA, which leads to Michael Hampton’s blog, with even more info on this.

I gotta call Google PR and find out what the official comment is. Actually, let’s see how long it takes for Google PR to leave a comment here. I’m posting this at 5:26 p.m.

Note: I do not know whether any of this is true. It sure would be nice to have some transparency on the kinds of things that are being collected and also know who those are being shared with, and why. But I doubt we’ll ever get that kind of transparency.

CNBC ran a documentary today titled “Big Brother, Big Business” which talked about similar issues with search engine companies sharing information collected about us with governmental agencies (here’s an article about CNBC’s documentary business). Anyone know if you can find that on the Internet? I searched YouTube and couldn’t find it.

My first Google “ScobleShow” interview — Google Reader team

If you’re looking to get some insights into the mind of a Googler, this video interview with the Google Reader team is a fun one to watch. It’s with Nick Baum and Jason Shellen. Jason was on the original Blogger team, back when it was called Pyra (founded by Meg Hourihan and Evan Williams). It’s 35 minutes long.

You’ll get a look at Google’s Master Plan 2.0 (it’s on the whiteboard behind Nick and Jason) as well as see just how many Google searches are being done around the world (we get a look at one of the screens which shows each Google search as it’s being done — displayed on Google Earth).

This is the Google Reader team, so of course we talk about RSS and feeds and blogs and all that — plus you’ll get insights into Google’s culture when we talk about whether or not Google Reader will accept advertising and how their 20% time works to help bring new products to market like Google Reader. I filmed a second video with Nick Baum where he gives us a video demo of Google Reader.

Oh, and I have so far about 26 more videos that we have in the bag. I’m editing another Photowalking right now. Editing is not easy. I suck at it (you can see that cause I put my logo on this video twice, but didn’t catch that until after waiting 2.5 hours for it to render — sigh). Also, the weird sound you hear is someone’s cell phone. My wireless microphone picked that up. Gotta remind everyone to turn off their cell phones — I always forget and it ruins the video. I can’t wait until I have an editor who can help. I’m making lots of mistakes, but what the heck? You get to make fun of me for all of them.
Next week that editor will be here and you all will be shocked at who it is. No, not Chris Pirillo. Someone even more shocking.

If you’ve been behind, we have lots of stuff to watch at with even more coming.

Who has the best minimalist blog?

What’s a minimalist blog? One that doesn’t say much, but has a high signal-to-noise factor. Nick Baum demonstrates. (He’s the product manager of the Google Reader team, too — the video interview and demo of him should be up on ScobleShow tonight if all goes well).

Who else has a “must read” minimalist blog?