Google is taking a fair amount of hits because they’ve decided they don’t want blogging or reporters taking notes when they have a love in. You can read commentaries about this from Doc Searls, Jeff Jarvis, Dave Winer and probably others.
While it’s all fine the blogsphere gets worked up and the points being made are totally valid, there are a couple of things that might be kept in mind.
1. Nobody cares. I care. Jeff cares. Doc cares, Winer cares and, well, you might care. We’re all nobody. Most people using the product don’t care, the wall street kids don’t care, etc, etc. In grand scheme of things, we don’t matter.
2. The way this will likely change is if the speakers refuse to do this. If Scoble, Fallows, Diller, Gladwell, etc, all said thanks, homey don’t play that, it would probably get fixed pretty quick.
The real challenge for Doc, Jeff, Dave, and others is to beat on the Speakers, not Google. Google can set any rules they want if people will play. It only happens because the speakers let it.
If you get the big shots to say no thanks, watch how fast it changes and it becomes blog city.
Lesson for you? Don’t get all worked up about NDAs, the press and secrets. Really. Love your customers, exceed expectation,s and let the other guy live in paranoia.
Is there a darling/honeymoon/pariah meeter? I think somebody should do a chart over time of various big time companies. I think if you did this chart, you will find Google setting the record for going from darling of the industry to monopolistic evil empire faster then most. Can’t wait to watch the movie of Eric throwing a chair.