If You Don't Want Google to Tell, Don't be Dirty
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As a person who publishes a lot of her dirty laundry as a "social media professional" by day (to some extent), I have no idea what Gawker is talking about. Schmidt might have a point. You can either battle what Google collects and distributes about you or you can learn to use it as a fucking brand.
As for everything else, the same people who bitch about privacy are the ones who are constantly telling Facebook what sort of seed or sliver they have stuck between their teeth.
Eric Schmidt suggests you alter your scandalous behavior before you complain about his company invading your privacy. That's what the Google CEO told Maria Bartiromo during CNBC's big Google special last night, an extraordinary pronouncement for such a secretive guy.
The generous explanation for Schmidt's statement is that he's revolutionized his thinking since 2005, when he blacklisted CNET for publishing info about him gleaned from Google searches, including salary, neighborhood, hobbies and political donations. In that case, the married CEO must not mind all the coverage of his various reputed girlfriends; it's odd he doesn't clarify what's going on with the widely-rumored extramarital dalliances, though.
Schmidt's philosophy is clear with Bartiromo in the clip below: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." The philosophy that secrets are useful mainly to indecent people is awfully convenient for Schmidt as the CEO of a company whose value proposition revolves around info-hoarding. Convenient, that is, as long as people are smart enough not to apply the "secrets suck" philosophy to their Google passwords , credit card numbers and various other secrets they need to put money in Google's pockets.
The clip in question is on the original post. Bandwidth is precious, motherfucker, don't look at me.