The search engine traction issue: privacy?

Is this the issue that Ask and Microsoft will get some PR traction on?

From my read of how people are responding to Google lately the answer is “yes.”

Google has not opened up its PR to grassroots bloggers that I can tell. Even big-name journalists tell me that Google is still giving them the standard PR tour of the kitchen and hasn’t had a “privacy summit” yet where journalists and bloggers and streaming video personalities are asked to come in and ask their toughest questions.

I don’t get why Google isn’t putting on the full-court PR press here.

Google doesn’t call, they don’t write, and they aren’t getting in front of the privacy story.

Which means that its competitors are going to out maneuver Google here. You know where to find me. I have lots of interview slots open this week.

UPDATE: or as TechCrunch writes: “privacy is the new black.”

Can you tell I’m reading feeds? Heh!

Comments

  1. Kidding me, Robert? Microsoft is doing this because of Google announcing it months ago. And Microsoft seems to have announced it by just shoving a press release out there, as well as getting in a corner with Ask to try and outdo Google and Yahoo. Google, in contrast, has actually been talking about privacy with lots of people for months.

  2. Kidding me, Robert? Microsoft is doing this because of Google announcing it months ago. And Microsoft seems to have announced it by just shoving a press release out there, as well as getting in a corner with Ask to try and outdo Google and Yahoo. Google, in contrast, has actually been talking about privacy with lots of people for months.

  3. Robert,

    You might want to take a read over the following two MS patents… 0157227 & 0156522 – Advertising Services Architecture and Social Context Monitor. Essentially the entire OS/App tree sends contextual information to a manager which sends it to the advertising engine. Back come the ads and are displayed in the apps “context monitor”. They can also inquire about your “non” users e.g. those people who are in your contacts list. hmmmmmm sounds like a potential privacy problem.

    Peter

  4. Robert,

    You might want to take a read over the following two MS patents… 0157227 & 0156522 – Advertising Services Architecture and Social Context Monitor. Essentially the entire OS/App tree sends contextual information to a manager which sends it to the advertising engine. Back come the ads and are displayed in the apps “context monitor”. They can also inquire about your “non” users e.g. those people who are in your contacts list. hmmmmmm sounds like a potential privacy problem.

    Peter

  5. @Danny, Robert didn’t know Google was/is talking about privacy because he didn’t read about it in a blog posting — and if he didn’t see in a blog, well, then there’s no way it could have happened.

    Let’s face it, according to Scoble, everything important in the known universe is published as a blog post. Myopic, to say the least.

  6. @Danny, Robert didn’t know Google was/is talking about privacy because he didn’t read about it in a blog posting — and if he didn’t see in a blog, well, then there’s no way it could have happened.

    Let’s face it, according to Scoble, everything important in the known universe is published as a blog post. Myopic, to say the least.