Levin had Mr. Matze on his show last night. They’re still fighting Amazon but they’re also starting to get their stuff on to other servers. But one of the problems not addressed so far by Amazon is the large amount of proprietary programming stuff that Parler couldn’t get off the servers before being shut off. A result of the abrupt breach of contract on the part of Amazon.
Continues to be fascinating.
I have a lot of gripes with Google.
The big one is that I’ve spent well over $1 million over the last 20 years on search ads with them, and yet somehow they don’t have any idea how to treat me as a customer.
You’d think there would be some expression of appreciation along the way. Or maybe, some instance of asking “How can we serve you better?” once in a while.
The most I get is a quarterly “account review” phone call, which is really a sales call. Their answer to anything along the lines of “I’m not getting the results I want” is some combination of “You’re not using our product correctly” and “You need to spend more money”.
Here’s three specific gripes that I’ve been telling them about on my quarterly calls for at least ten years:
The result of all that is that for our business, where we sell a customized product to businesses on a national basis, we really don’t slot in very well.
Last thought: It seems like it is only a matter of time before someone figures out how to structure a class action lawsuit against Google that exposes the inherent contradiction in their entire model.
Google’s promise is “type in a keyword and we will give you the most relevant results”. (Aside – I hate that word of theirs – “relevant”. Ugh.) But they have an obvious conflict of interest, since I can have the most relevant website in a given category, but they depend on me spending money advertising, so if they give my website high position, I won’t have to spend as much on paid search ads. So they have an economic incentive to downlist my site in order to force me to buy back my position.
What he was saying is that YouTube used to be a place in the mid-2000s where cute dog videos and videos of cute kids could become huge. Now they’re a permanent part of the Google monolith and now dominate search results offering mostly highly produced professional content to the exclusion of small businesses or normal folks. He was saying that Rumble still allows nobodies to post stuff and attract big crowds. Except the parent still dominates search engines and skews everything to themselves.
So now I’m considering moving the Pieces of Malarkey empire to Rumble just because.
Are you guys hip to locals.com? Started by David Rubin (Rubin report youtubey guy) to give the finger to patreon and twitter after he and Jordan Petersen had a falling out with patreon. Tulsi Gabbard is the latest to set up shop there.
In other COVID news, there’s this:
What could possibly go wrong with Germany putting social non-conformists in camps?
Locals.com looks very similar to Substack.com. Thanks for pointing to it.
I follow Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald on Substack.
Time to dig in to Locals.com as well. (Although I have to confess, I find Dave Rubin to be pretty insufferable. Good news is I’m so in love with Tulsi Gabbard, she more than makes up for that.)
As a general matter, I think the summary execution of Parler is going to prove to be an inflection point. No telling where this lands, but I wonder if we aren’t seeing a return to something more like the online experience from 20+ years ago. By which I mean, fewer centralized websites (eg, Facebook and Twitter) and more independent sites with more “concentrated” opinion centers.
So in five years, it may be that Twitter and Parler both exist, with largely non-overlapping user bases.
In a related story, Joe Ricketts (rich guy and founder of what turned into TD Ameritrade) announced the formation of “Straight Arrow News”. His professed intent is to have a non-partisan, non-biased, “just the facts, ma’am” news feed.
Since it’s to be based here in Omaha, I wish him all the best.
Those Germans! They do love a good camp, don’t they? I think Merkel needs to have a conversation with her PR people. Maybe they should call them “Isolation Spas”.