Google: So Not Being Evil

I am getting sick and tired of these sensationalist videos saying Google is evil. Part of the reason has to do with the fact that I’ve BEEN HAD this hypothesis for at least 3 years now, via John Battelle’s (5 year old!) book, The Search. Does anybody read these days? I guess not. Anyway. Battelle breaks it down, asserting that 1984‘s Big Brother won’t be our government, but it will be Google (or, a company like Google).

Sure, I get a little paranoid about the GOOG every now and then, but for the time being I think they’re bringing some efficiency to my life. Web-based e-mail was horrible before GMail came on the scene. HORRIBLE. Google Voice is awesome. Sure, they mess up on things like Buzz privacy glitches, and the utter uselessness of Wave, but nobody’s perfect. I must be drinking the kool-aid because I truly think Google is just trying to organize our lives, not take them over and turn us into drones.

Video spotted at 5thirtyone.

My First Impressions on Google Wave

wave.jpgI woke up this morning to a sweet little email letting me know I had been invited to Google Wave by a very special friend (this friend btw? always superb!). I rolled out of bed and popped open my laptop to see what the fuss was all about. Honestly, when the Google Wave anouncement happened months ago, I was less than enthused. I didn’t even bother signing up for an invite request because I had web application fatigue and didn’t want yet another web app to learn and fuss over. Lately I have been wondering what is the next internet sensation to move to. I am growing weary with Twitter, I like Friendfeed but I don’t have the time to put work into it everyday, and I pretty much hate Facebook (but it is a necessary evil). That being said, Google Wave came right on time.

So…. how do I like it?

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So far, I find it to be pretty boring….mostly because I only have one friend on Google Wave and I’d rather not bombard them with all my incessant testing/waving. I had 8 invites, that I sent to 8 of my friends but the invites don’t send immediately. My friends might get their invite today or tomorrow, or next week. Who really knows?

I definitely think this tool will be more useful as it gains critical mass, preferably among one’s own friends and colleagues. I am apprehensive about waving to strangers (or even loose-tie connections), because I fear spam (there is already a spam folder!) as well as fatigue from too much activity. Part of my frustration with Twitter that is I follow too many people, many of whom I don’t know personally, and it is difficult to keep up. Anxiety, much?

I think Google Wave could be AWESOME for working in teams, especially if you work with teams that are not physically in the same location (this is how I work 90% of the time). Part of my concern is that it will take some time for people to get a Wave account, learn how to use it, and then find value in using it. Honestly, when I meet someone new who has a GMail account, I am still impressed that they’re up on “the new hotness.”

This might take years, folks.

Happy waving!

We Interrupt This Impromptu Blog Hiatus to Bring You: Dear Lil Wayne

Dear Lil Wayne,

Tha Carter III is everything I wished it would be. Your flow is genius. Your words are incredible.

Seriously.

That being said, you need better websites (who did you leave in charge of CSS? Your content is all spilling all over the place!).

And your SEO game is severely lacking (how you gonna let Wikipedia play you like that on Google?).

I know someone who can hook you up (me!). We can’t let the best rapper alive roll like this on the Internets, now can we?

Call me.

Liz