For the record, the author drank the Google Kool-Aid, even though she has Open Office at home and at school. It was just easier to put her stuff up in Google Docs and have access to it anywhere. But there are times when life can get a little cloudy. On more than one occasion, the author has tried to access one of her Google apps, only to be told, "Oops, Google Calendar Failed to Load." The author has been giving some serious thought to the obligations of content platforms, content providers, and even consumers to consider what they recommend and what they do. If digital publishing has taught people any lessons, it is that establishing trust is a fickle thing.
InformationToday 15 www.infotoday.com April 2010 consider what we recommend and what Focus on Publishing we do. Social networking falls into a gray area. Is a Tweet a published work? Blogs The New Ethos of Publishing certainly run the gamut from inane com- munication to full-blown published sources by ROBIN PEEK | to put my stuff up in Google Docs and have The data was sucked from my contact list access to it anywhere. Well, you get what that I have with Google because I am liv- So I am left I n the new “coin you pay for, particularly when you don’t ing my life in the Google cloud. Google of the realm,” pay for it. Buzz is Google’s latest attempt to find a wondering, as I who do we trust place in the social networking world, and write this in when it comes to it automatically attaches itself to your the published word Dealing With Failure to Load Gmail account. Unattaching it did prove Google Docs, are and those who keep But there are times when life can get to be a problem, and Google was flooded there ethical lines those words within a little cloudy. On more than one occa- with complaints and eventually found a Robin Peek the clouds? sion, I have tried to access one of my Goo- way to let people stop buzzing if they that have to Now I should ad- gle apps, only to be told, “Oops, Google wanted. Was Google wrong in making all be drawn in the mit that I am writing this on Google Docs. Calendar Failed to Load.” That’s when of its users automatically attached to a So for the record, yes, I drank the Google my little cyberheart skips a virtual beat social networking engine? But were pub- digital sand? Kool-Aid, even though I have Open Office because it was clearly at that particular lishers who sold their mailing lists to ad- at home and at school. But even a flash moment that I wanted something from vertisers on the same footing? drive seems to be a hassle, doesn’t it? It re- that app. While we can emote at times frequently referenced by the minds me of the good old disk days, when such as this, what exactly do you do about fourth estate of journalism. The question you would be working at home and you it? Complain to management? Leave? ‘In Google We Trust’ is not an easy one to answer. For every suddenly realized that the document you And go where? I often jokingly say, “In Google We “good” journalist who adheres to a code needed was still on your office hard drive I have been thinking about this lately, Trust,” but I have been giving some seri- of ethics, there is another who writes for or that you had copied it over to another particularly after Google Buzz entered ous thought to the obligations of content publications with a lesser pedigree and media and left it at work. So I bought into my life and then promptly found people platforms (such as Google’s Blogger), con- the convenience factor. It was just easier for me to follow and others to follow me. tent providers, and even consumers to (continued on page 16) Internet Waves Legal Issues Lists and More Lists Google Books Unsettled by SHIRLEY DUGLIN KENNEDY | And how about five wonderful things by GEORGE H. PIKE | In a previous column, I about Twitter? suggested that this matter L S ists. The truth is that people love omeday I may no longer had grown beyond a lawsuit 1. You can review and absorb them. For example, there are the need to write about the and was now a business nego- a lot of information quickly. five must-have beauty products, Google Books settlement tiation. But there is a problem five pieces to update your spring war- 2. You can follow current events and can instead focus on the with that assessment: While drobe, five super- in real time. future of a dynamic new mech- the discussions between Google foods to keep you anism for universal access to and the authors/publishers are healthy, five web- 3. You can use search tools to find an incredible wealth of stored focused on finding a business sites to help you experts—and local experts at that. knowledge. But today is not George H. Pike solution to the problem, the manage your money, 4. You can ask the “Twitterverse” that day. underlying legal challenges the five most highly for help and receive it The Google Books settlement is back have not disappeared. There are still cited papers in mi- almost immediately. before the courts, and yet again, there is copyright violations that have been al- crobiology, and even uncertainty about the viability and le- leged, and as the DOJ has pointed out, five easy recipes to 5. You can attract the attention of gality of the latest settlement proposal. there are potential violations of federal get you out of the corporations when other customer Neither the lawsuit that began more antitrust and class action law. Shirley Duglin Kennedy kitchen in 30 min- service conduits prove unfruitful. than 4.5 years ago nor the settlement, The lawsuit, filed by The Authors utes or less. which was originally reached more than Guild in September 2005, complained
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