Why Google is the WORST Kind of Evil
I am an unapologetic capitalist. I think that most things are totally fine and fair in a company’s pursuit of making a profit. If you screw your customers you’re not going to be around for very long, so the market really takes care of itself for the most part. Don’t break the law, and have a decent set of ethics…and ALL else is fair game.
HOWEVER, hypocrisy from supposed “do gooder” companies that are embarrassed and try to hide their efforts to make a profit drive me INSANE and I believe they’re the worst kind of Evil.
Three things have happened recently that, at first, appear unrelated. A closer examination shows that the may very well be yet another hypocritical move by Google to present themselves as the “good guys” while breaking the rules it’s trying to enforce on others. Let me explain.
Fact # 1 – A week ago, Google reported earnings to Wall Street. They were NOT good. Wall Street has certain expectations of public companies and Google missed those expectations on both the revenue and profit numbers. Pretty much the WORST case scenario for any public company and it sent their stock down 5%. Most of the “miss” was due to lagging advertising revenues (well..that’s really all they do that makes any money).
Fact #2 – Right around the time that their disappointing earnings came out, Google quietly started to change everyone’s inbox. They suddenly created 2 new filters and categories (promotions and Social). Without users’ consent, emails started disappearing from the main inbox and going into these other “inboxes”. Unsurprisingly, it is now difficult to see “promotional” emails and emails from Facebook (a competitor…hmmm?). It seems pretty random as to how they determine what promotions are. Check it out if you’re starting to miss emails. I only noticed it after not seeing a few very important ones…that were NOT promotions of any kind. Of course, Google’s position on this is that they’re protecting peoples’ inboxes. That the people have cried out for this protection and need them to censor emails. It’s just odd that these emails seem to be from their competition…again, hmmmm… If it were only this, I’d probably let it go, but this brings us to:
Fact #3 – UNBELIEVABLY Google ads are now showing up as EMAILS! It’s unreal. Let me show you a picture
They are inserting THEIR ads into YOUR email box. Frankly, this is brazen even for Google. It even gets worse. These ads stay there until you click the “X” off to the right of them. You have to actually acknowledge them and delete them to get rid of them.
This company has, at least, been consistent. They continue to claim “do no evil” and try to take the moral high ground…all the while they’re simply being the worst kind of hypocrites. Protecting your inbox…yeah right.