Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.

What do you get if you combine a petty little man like Tab Atkins Jr. and a far-left wing company culture? The answer:  Manipulated search results to punish those they believe "deserve it".

With the increasing evidence that Google operates with an open political agenda, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wrong-think.

Take the case of Google search employee Tab Atkins Jr.  After a Twitter spat with Zoe Quinn, Atkins decided that social justice needed to be served and wrote a libelous smear of me on his blog with the title "Brad Wardell is a douchebag"...three years ago.

As a semi-public figure I'm pretty used to someone, somewhere writing something unpleasant about me. What I was not prepared for, however, was someone who knew Google's search algorithms well enough to keep their little blog post up at the top of Google (but no other search engine's) search results for three years.

Compare the difference:

 

BING:

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No where to be found.

 

DuckDuckGo:

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No where to be found.

 

GOOGLE:

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Right at the top just behind my Twitter and Wikipedia pages.

 

Now mind you, I've been featured in a lot of newspapers, magazines and websites over the years from Time Magazine to the WSJ to USA Today and of course frequently in the technology news sector.  None of those articles come up.  LinkedIn.com doesn't even come up. Even the infamous false allegation of "sexual harassment" that certain gaming journalists latched onto (and later apologized for) can't beat it. 

Either the SEO managers at LinkedIn, FaceBook, Kotaku, USAToday.com, Time.com, etc. need to recruit this guy...or, more likely, this guy knows how to manipulate Google search results.  I don't know if Google gives preferential treatment to results from its employees or not. What is known is that the results are unique to Google and have managed to survive 3 years at the top despite his blog not being notable.

However, the issue I have isn't just about Tab bt rather, what it says about Google's culture. I don't think anyone I have ever worked with would feel comfortable doing this to someone.  I'm the publisher of Neowin and it's never occurred to me to use my power to try to ruin an individual.  What is the mindset of someone who writes something like that and then uses what appears to be insider SEO knowledge to ensure it nears the top?  What it says to me is that there's something gross about Google's culture and that they have a pretty high confidence that they can mete our social justice at those they feel deserve it.

Now, imagine if I weren't already a successful CEO that will never have to find a new job but instead was just "some guy".  What Tab did would be catastrophic. It sends a chilling message to those who participate in social media: Piss off an SJW at Google and they will use their privileged position to harm you.

Now, you might ask "Have I reached out to Tab?" and the answer is, yes:

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That was two years ago.  In which he responded "he'd think about it". 

Perhaps Google has some other explanation as to how their employee's 3 year-old blog gets to the top only on Google and no other site.  I have my own opinions.

In the meantime, consider this: Imagine if an employee at Google had written such an article about say Zoe Quinn or some other SJW darlying?  What do you think would happen to them?

Up until the revelation that Google is willing to fire people just for having "wrong" opinions I was willing to think that Tab was just an isolated "bad apple".  But now, I feel very uncomfortable at that thought that anyone out there with the "wrong opinion" is only a few keystrokes away from being smeared or made invisible by Google employees in the online search results.

Your opinions are welcome.


Comments (Page 4)
on Sep 01, 2018

starkers

And why can't I call a garden implement a hoe? 

Because it's a shovel...

on Sep 01, 2018



Quoting starkers,

And why can't I call a garden implement a hoe? 



Because it's a shovel...

Nope!  A hoe is a long-handeled scraping tool that's pulled towards the user to remove weeds, etc.  A shovel is usually a shorter handeled tool that's pushed away from the user to pick up soil, etc.

And a wooden spoon, that is awarded to somebody who's trying to have a lend of me.  

on Sep 01, 2018

starkers

A shovel is usually a shorter handeled tool

Actually...it's a spade that's short handled....a shovel is the long one....

....but I digress....

on Sep 01, 2018

The one thing that can change things is when business people can show that their business is being interfered with and begin to make formal complaints to their congressmen.  

I'd really encourage you to do so...particularly if you can have some techies show some correlations for laymen.

on Sep 01, 2018


Actually...it's a spade that's short handled....a shovel is the long one....

Nope, a square mouth shovel has a short handle.... then there's the long handled shovel with a triangular head.  A square nosed spade [no elevated sides like a shovel] has a long handle.  Yup, I busted my gut using all of them when I was younger.

 

Also used one or two hoes as well.