More Google units opt in for "opt out" March 18, 2007Posted by sk in Google, Satire, Technology and Software.
After successfully implementing the “opt out” policy in the Google Book Search program – where Google copied every book irrespective of its copyright status , giving publishers who didn’t want to be part of the program a chance to opt out – and using a similar policy in YouTube – where video clips are removed only when the copyright owner complains – Google decided to implement a similar policy in some of it other business units. I’m providing two examples here but there are more:
- Since Google has been growing at a phenomenal rate with 50-100 new employees joining every week, there’s been a shortage of office space. Someone at Google used his 20% personal research time to come up with a brilliant plan to occupy empty offices in Mountain View, CA and stay there until the building owners kicked them out. When asked why this would work, Google’s response was, “We give them free WI-FI, no?”
- Another example is the personal records and information of users. Google recently decided to that it would sell this personal information to third parties unless the individual decided to op out, in which case it will purge all identifying information from its servers after 18 to 24 months.
A spokesperson for Google described “opt-out” as the new way of doing business at Google. The company has also decided to modify its unofficial motto to “Don’t be evil. Don’t opt out.”
Meanwhile, Google recently recognized its partners who brought in most advertising revenues. The top three didn’t turn up for the funtion – they were busy typo-squatting some more websites.