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22.11.09

Google deletes Social Media Consortium blog without explanation 

, through its subsidiary, has now deleted the Social Media Consortium blog, for no reason whatsoever.
   For the last few months, the company has made access to the next to impossible. It would not let us post on it, even when we fed in the Captcha code to confirm that a human had just typed in an entry. It made a false accusation about it being a blog, which was not true. Both Vincent Wright, the blog’s owner, and I, filled in the form requesting that the blog be reviewed by a human. Google promised to do this within 48 hours, but it never happened.
   The company has now unilaterally deleted the blog without so much as an explanation to Vincent, just as Yahoo! Groups deleted the Lucire discussion group’s entries in the early 2000s. Or when Google took out the home page to the Beyond Branding Blog and refused to answer any questions. No one was ever able to respond to enquiries.
   Even a ‘We messed up’ would have been nicer than ignoring us outright.
   This is the second instance of highly imperfect and questionable Google technology that I have encountered in the last 24 hours.
   There was no reason for Social Media Consortium to be flagged as a spam blog, either. The majority of entries were original. I made a few cross-posts but I equally put in numerous original entries. And from what I can tell, my co-authors always respected the rules.
   Four-and-a-half years of hard work, principally by Vincent, has been flushed down the toilet because Google no longer lives its motto of ‘Don’t be evil’. It certainly does not live the ideal of ‘innocent till proved guilty’.
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