Thinking with Google isn’t really thinking at all!
There have been these ads for Google that have been popping up on social networks such as twitter and Facebook all coming from the same site known simply as “thinkingwithgoogle.com.” These people are marketers who think that they are as awesome as as the TV show like Mad Men where they feel that they are Gods of changing human thought. All the while placing their parent company Google as being the know-all of the internet while discrediting the people that helped make them as powerful as who they are. This entry is to show you that sometimes not all marketing and publicity can be good.
Because something tells me these are the same assholes who think that rolling out a totalitarian government scheme on YouTube is perfectly fine so long as you put a happy jingle to it.
Thinking with google wants to tell web-site designers something that is impossible to satisfy.
This was one of the first pieces of propaganda that was we’ve seen floating around twitter. The source for this slogan is an isolated sentence which also contains a footnote referencing to 7 other sources ironically made by google using rag journalism. But the slogan is quickly destroyed in their own article talking about the speed index of travelers when using their phones online.
Typically this is shared amounts people who are in the website design and tech industry so if you follow enough of those people you’re likely to see this add show up too. This is a similar argument that we originally had in the Google AMP blog and you know what? We’re going to bring that argument over here. Because what the slogan is describing is a campaign known as ‘bounce rating’.
Bounce rating Scare tactics.
For those who don’t know what bounce is. Bounce is what happens when someone reads the first paragraph of one of our articles and say:
Fuck this, I’m out!
Ouch, a little too close to home. Fuck. Let us try to explain bounce again..
Bounce is the concept of user engagement with your website. That the longer the user is navigating and interacting with your site. On a scale from 0 to 100 with 100 being the worst and everyone leaving. The more important/relevant it is to the search engine. If a user visits a web-page for less then a few seconds then immediately backs out to Google search. That in return tells google that search result was bad and not what the user was looking for. As a result it will use that in-out cookie metric as a way of giving your site value. We personally do not know the bounce value of our site since we refuse to use analytic software but it does not stop google from attaching cookies to your browser in order to figure this out on their own.
So to “ThinkWithGoogle” we say this to your PR Campaign.
Our theory is equally as baseless as “Thinking with Google”. But at least it’s far more entertaining!
To the eyes of Think with Google/SOASTA Research. Everyone has the attention span of a hamster!
That’s right! You all have the attention span of hamsters to them! By distorting time down to seconds and in some cases even milliseconds. Google’s research becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy where everyone is expected to build websites based around these absurd standards where waiting 1 second could cost you 32% to 123% bounce rating. On second thought, lets pause that right there. 123% percent bounce rate?!? That would mean people are leaving your site before they even thought about entering it. What the hell Google?!?!?
Google making the time warp fun again!
Mobile phones are not temporal paradox machines that could literally warp time to their outcome without considering its consequences. Mobile phones are unfortunately just small computers that visit the internet just like everyone else. So sorry to bust your bubble SOASTA Research. From the content provider point of view there’s no such thing as a bounce higher then 100. Physics and time doesn’t care about your statistics. Fuck you Google think tank.
Also fun note on cel-phone technology since we are talking about mobile users:
Getting back to that “3 second” rule that Think with Google wants to propagate. Mobile phones depending on their location have their own lag time upon connecting between a GSM/2G/3G/4G/LTE tower. So regardless as to how well designed your website is. How powerful of a commercial CDN service that money can buy. How much you optimize your images to fit onto a MS-DOS 5.25 floppy disk. You are at the mercy and greed of 1st world mobile network technology. There-fore you are bitched in the time department no matter what you do! We haven’t even gotten past the “Step 1” process of the e-commerce propaganda machine before everything is already falling apart! Way to go guys!
Bounce-Rate is bullshit.
It’s a little disappointing that people feel that bounce has everything to do with the speed of your site rather then the content your site holds. Perhaps the people they are catering to want to host web-pages that have no relevant information what-so-ever. Yet still want to be at the top of every search engine.
In other words: Spammers which are bankrupt in imagination.
But rating a website on bounce in a little more sinister then what you may believe. You see, your personal website/business is also in direct competition with YouTube and other Googles services. There-fore your lone site will have to compete with YouTube a video service that literally absorbs HOURS of a users time by just watching videos. The very best bloggers in the world would have to produce entries at a rate of one per 10 minutes to even hope to achieve the level of traffic and retention that YouTube does. YouTube wants you to use their services on your site because by you linking their 3rd party cookies and apps to your personal site. You are their customer now. And you are also their product to which they will sell off for as much money as they can.
Thinking with google wants to play captain obvious about YouTube.
Okay, what’s the other 27 percent of YouTube gamer community doing? Their article never says. Are they just high? Or Drunk? Do they hate every single thing they see while gritting their teeth but somehow continue to watch anyway because there is nothing better for them to do except to punch themselves into a state of unconsciousness? You also have to pay attention to the wording here where they specify “YouTube gamers.” This of course tips the marketing scales in their favor. This number would be far lower if you factored in their entire online gaming community which goes off to services beyond the Google echo-sphere like Twitch as just one example.
Here you go Think Google. We fixed your ad campaign for you. No need to thank us. Just doing our job as a run of the mill bloggers that your parent company will attempt use protocols like AMP to steal all relevant data from my site to claim as your own like some sort of fucked Borg collective. If you want to see more numbers being pulled out of the asses of marketing types to hype up their own product then click here to visit their cosmic masturbation session.
Way to make the average web-designer feel like shit S!
This is because your “Thinking with Google” and perhaps you should invest in the effort in thinking on your own. Websites already have made countermeasures. Such as a responsive design, automatically optimizing scripts, and even embracing new formats such as WebP and WebM are things that we have already done. However to people like “Think Google” that is not enough. In fact everything you could possibly do is never enough including handing over all analytical data to such a group of slime because they will always want more!
You’ve published articles about technologies like WebM and WebP which is google funded!
We’re not saying that Google itself is inherently bad. However, to place that company upon a pedestal that they know what’s best for everyone is inherently wrong. Google didn’t make success from leading. Their success came from following. From following websites, following content creators, and following news agencies and the world. If you want to think like google then get in line drone! The rest of us continue to keep doing what we do without your help! As much as we disagree with a lot of adbusters politics in terms of government and living. Toxic advertisement is the one thing we do agree upon.
Personally we would rather FuckWithGoogle then ThinkWithGoogle!
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