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Meet the Scooogles: AKA the Scoble / Google Connection

Recently on his blog Scoble admitted his buddy Vic Gundotra at Google+ sent him a ton of followers.

Given Scoble’s backpeddling on Google Plus and privacy, it’s obvious that in exchange for Gundotra’s favor he agreed to become his whipping boy and chief propagandist.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I am a staunch privacy advocate and that I have been one of the strongest critics of Google’s policy changes.

Unlike my friend Scoble however I haven’t changed that opinion or sold out.

Meet the Scooogles:

In case you haven’t figured it out yet Scoble and Gundotra are the protagonists in this story.

Gundotora was Scoble’s former boss when they worked at Microsoft until he jumped ship and became the senior VP of Google Plus. It must be a nice job because he loves to show off that shiny new Mercedes that he bought.

Enter Robert Scoble. There is make believe, and then there’s the real world. Scoble lives in a different world than most of us do. He’s in the clouds … literally.

His paycheck now comes from Rackspace, a “hosting and cloud computing” company. His primary job is to make bad videos and convince us all that we must move our data from our computer desktop to the cloud so that he and his company can make even more money.

Coincidentally Google wants us all on the cloud too, wiling away the hours posting silly pics on Google+ so that it can profile us and make more money.

Notice the “connection“?

It’s a marriage made in heaven. But most of us don’t live in the clouds like they do. (And that’s reality.)

I suppose I could have described them as the MS/Google connection because they’re bringing all of their bad habits over from Microsoft. But that would be letting Larry Page off too easy. After all, the buck stops with the CEO doesn’t it.

So for brevity’s sake I’ll just call them the Scooogles.

The Epitome of Arrogance.

The Scooogle Connection is trying real hard to pretend that people like myself don’t exist. After all, according to Google’s definition we’re just an “entity“.


I don’t know about you but I think it’s rude labeling someone an “entity” and preventing them from participating in social media.

It’s also ironical because if I really was just an “entity“, then I seem to be getting a helluva lot more than my fair share of attention here on the back-end.

Such as Guntotra grudgingly capitulating to me on Google+ pseudonyms. Yet he’s still blocking me on Twitter. Now Scoble is following the pied piper and blocking me on Google Plus after becoming Gundotra’s boy.

So what up with that?

Ok I’ll tell you what’s up. The Scooogle+ Connection sees my position on privacy as a threat to their anti-privacy agenda and they are afraid of my comments showing up in their stream.

So they shut me out. In fact they are so afraid to publicly debate me they’re sticking their head in the sand like a pair of chickenshit ostriches. See no evil. Hear no evil. Or should I say hiding in their burrow at Meerkat Manor.

Chickenshit BS

It’s a classic case of paying off a person of ‘influence’ and muzzling the competition. Or in other words … rigging the system.

So this is your vision for the web? Shame on Gundotra for perverting the good will that we users naively gave to Google. And double shame on you Scoble for buying into it.

The Scoble that I thought I knew was in favor of democracy on the web. Apparently the joke was on us.

Of course it’s not the first time he has contradicted himself and probably won’t be the last. Neither is it the first time that Scoble has called in favors from silicon valley connections to bump up his numbers and so-called “influence”.

Scoble has raised the bar for the term brown-noser and now that he has zillions of Google+ followers (thanks to Gundotra) he has become an eletist in every sense of the term.

We’re not worthy.
Brown Noser

Apparently his phony authority in the ghost town they call Google+ has gone to his head and he really believes that his shite don’t stink.

But I caught a whiff and have it on good authority that it’s not true.


Social Media Schwag for an Overrated (dare I say it) Hypocrite.

RIP Scoble: Selling your inflated ego for 40 pieces of tarnished silver.

That’s your bad. So much for transparency and trust in social media.

My Challenge to the Scooogle Connection:

Recently Scoble flamed me on my Google+ account (so who’s the real troll). Hence the motivation for this post.

Like all cowardly bullies he blindsided me with a sucker punch and then he ran away. But he picked on the wrong guy.

I spent my entire life standing up to bullies and I’m not the type to let an insult go unchallenged.

Disrespect me and you will reap what you sow tenfold. That’s a lesson learned for you Scoble.

Part two of your lesson is I’m ready and willing to publicly spank debate you Scoble (or Gundotra) on the topic of web privacy any time.

Since I’m only an ”entity” that shouldn’t be too much trouble for bigshots like you to handle — right?

Now it’s your turn to step up. Don’t be a weeny and stop ducking me.

Show some kahunas and face me like the big man you pretend to be. I’m still waiting. Tick, tock…

P.S.:  Egotists like Scoble set up Google ego-alerts so he can’t pretend not reading this. And by the way Rob I can still read your crappy posts logged out. Not that I would want to anyway.

Perhaps Google Plus has its benefits after all.

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  1. Well apparently the ostriches still have their head in the sand (or up somewhere else that I can’t mention). Can’t say that I blame them. Would be like shooting turkeys with a bazooka.

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  2. I Know that you have an understanding of what the definition of “entity” means, but I wonder if others do?

    In the interest of helping people understand why this term is so offensive to yourself and others, I have taken the liberty of putting in the definition according to Wikipedia:
    “An entity is something that exists by itself, although it need not be of material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate.
    Sometimes, the word entity is used in a general sense of a being, whether or not the referent has material existence, e.g., is often referred to as an entity with no corporeal form (non-physical entity), such as a language. It is also often used to refer to ghosts and other spirits.
    The word entitative is the adjective form of the noun entity. Something that is entitative is “considered as pure entity; abstracted from all circumstances”, that is, regarded as entity alone, apart from attendant circumstances.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entity

    To be honest I am unsure whether to laugh or to take my “ghostly stick” and shake it…lol

    All kidding aside, both of these men remind me of politicians with much of what they do including contradicting themselves and as such I have learned to not give them the attention they seem to crave.

    Is that the best way to do things, nope, but I am far too busy to give such people more credence than they deserve!


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    Reply by: BB at 11:34 am said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), hi Diane. Thanks for dropping by. I think it is important to call out phonies who are in a position of ‘influence’ and leading people down a false path. Especially when it comes to the topic of our privacy.

    People have the right to know what’s really going on out there. Not only just the hype that we read day after day.

    I want to debate these characters in a fair and open forum. I’m remaining hopeful they will have the courage of their convictions and show up.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 1:43 pm said...

    @BB, your welcome. Funny how things work..regardless if the person is well known in large circles, but in smaller circles, if you are going to be a leader in anyway, it comes with a price tag, that being being totally credible in all ways.

    I wish you well in getting these people to come in and debate in an open and fair fashion…sorry but I don’t think it will happen, but hey I have been known to be wrong many times

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    Reply by: BB at 2:09 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), whether or not they show up I think I’ve made my point. Like I said I can’t blame them if they don’t. Easy pickings. Shooting turkeys in a barrel.

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  3. The one thing that I admire most about BlogBloke is that he tells it like it is, and never backs down on that position. Well, I guess that is two things. Being able to speak one’s mind freely is important, and BlogBloke stands for freedom of expression and the right to privacy. He never backs down on those positions either.

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    Reply by: BB at 10:28 pm said...

    @Wayne Hurlbert, thank you for your kind words and support.

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