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In those early days, Google lived at google.stanford.edu, and Brin and Page were convinced it should be a nonprofit and advertising free. "We expect that advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from the needs of the consumers," they wrote. "The better the search engine is, the fewer advertisements will be needed for the consumer to find what they want..."
@madargon @djsumdog This "fall of idealism" is extremely true of YouTube too. They used to be a platform for independent creators posting funny crap from their parents' basement, and people used to go to escape from TV. Now YouTube wants to become the crapsaccharine hell that TV was, and indie creators can't get any footing if they're not already established or in bed with the establishment.
I'm not that confortable with English, but I guess that my comment could have been simply : "so cute!"
@faoluin > “We expect that advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from the needs of the consumers”
Well, they weren’t wrong there. The only problem is that the company they founded went on to be a prime example of that.
@seanking Pretty much. Google (and the internet at large, under their influence) is no longer purposed to tell you things. Its purpose is to sell you things.
@seanking @faoluin I didn’t realize, until looking them up today, that they’ve disappeared from the public realm. It seems like they still own a substantial interest in Alphabet. I wonder how they feel about the current era we’re in. Would their views be heresy? Would they rhyme with those of people like Larry Sanger and Brendan Eich? or would they be full onboard with Dorsey and Bezos?
@amolith It's in the comments above. "The Filter Bubble" by Eli Pariser. Found it via Google Books, lol.
TIL. From what I can tell, Google basically poached developers from Mozilla to make it. And continued to eat Mozilla's lunch for years afterwards.
@faoluin and then they grew up and realized they had to pay rent somehow
and by the time they had enough social clout to abolish capitalism it was too late
@faoluin Good thread. I have been slowly de-googling but dang they are in so many places... I don't think I can entirely.
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