What is it with companies that reach a certain size and then become hypocritical assholes?
Here is what Scoble is saying Google wants:
Google VP Vic Gundotra … says that he is trying to make sure a positive tone gets set here. Like when a restaurant doesn’t allow people who aren’t wearing shirts to enter. … mostly to have a nicer, more personal, community[.]
Now Google wants to enforce Nice?
Will there be Google Nice Police — Google STASI — monitoring what people post? If I call Google full of shit on Google+, will that be “quietly removed”? Will I wind up with a Demerit in my Google Permanent Record? Will all my Google Accounts be wiped because I Behaved Inappropriately?
How is it Twitter could open the floodgates, let people do whatever the hell they want, and it all works out without hard-assed policies and some bizarre notion that people have to be “nice”?
Apple tried this with content in the App Store. Bringing a hammer down on small creators — all the while cashing in on the worst filth from its fellow corporations in its iTunes Store for music and video.
I’ve had raging exchanges on Twitter with others, filled with obscenities on both sides, and no one got killed. No one got hurt. The worst that happened is that someone got Blocked. No one sat stewing about revenge or whined to Twitter like a baby.
Such exchanges are in fact very rare. The biggest problem Twitter has is with spammers.
Hey, Google, get the fuck out of the human makeover business.
You’re not God.
This is a post I most likely could not also post in full on Google+. You could see it on Twitter, though. It would take many tweets, but it’d get on there.
I know which place I’d rather be at and root for now.
Thanks for bringing clarity to this issue, Google.
Update: After hitting Publish, I was reminded that Tim O’Reilly tried to pull this Net Nanny crap back in 2007:
Stop It. You’ll Hurt My Fucking Feelings Saying That!
As They Used To Say: Who Died And Left You Boss?
Warren Ellis Chimes In On The Blog Nazis Too
John Scalzi Tells The Blog Nazis To Get Lost Too!
Jarvis Calls Them Twinkie Badges; I Called Them Fucking Stickers
Even Jeff Jarvis — whiny supplicant to the TSA — objected!
There is a point to my using words like “fuck” and such.
It screens out the assholes.
Anyone who is offended is someone not worth paying attention to. If a word can wound you, full-blown ideas will kill you. So take your lack of IQ, your warped sense of discernment, and just go away.