Google ranked highest in reputation survey

According to a recent polling of 30,000 Americans by Harrison Interactive, Google has the best reputation among 60 well-known companies. This poll occurs once per year, and consists of several dimensions which Harris Interactive compiles into a single score (1-100, with a higher score being more reputable). Over the course of the last year, Google (#3 last year) has not always enjoyed positive press, as it was investigated by the EU for antitrust violations, and had privacy complaint filed by the FTC on their Buzz social networking platform.

Other companies in this list were Apple (#5, up from #12), Amazon (#8, up from #9), Microsoft (#16, down from #7), and Intel (holding steady at #6). Facebook, new to the survey this year, ranked at #31.  US Wireless Carriers Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint were ranked #39, #41 and #48 respectively.  BP, unsurprisingly is #59 on the list, following the wake of last year's gulf oil spill from the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. Last on the list is AIG, which has been in the legal doghouse for the last several years with allegations of fraud

While reading these results, it's important to take note that the broader US population may have a different opinion than the (US and worldwide) tech-savvy population.  The complete list of company ranking can be found here, courtesy of www.businessinsider.com

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Google is on its way to a formal investigation by the FTC, the European union is looking at Google as well and someone in the Obama white house considers Google the new Microsoft.

I wouldn't dismiss Google as a company that provides some very useful services, but they appear to be headed for trouble.

Those must be the 30,000 dumb a** Amercians who voted for the Bushes, or at least the 30,000 Michiganders who voted for Jenny Granholm twice!!

cork1958 said,
Those must be the 30,000 dumb a** Amercians who voted for the Bushes, or at least the 30,000 Michiganders who voted for Jenny Granholm twice!!

Ahhh, love the smell of troll in the morning.

UndergroundWire said,
That's the problem with this site. A lot of Microsoft Fanboys.
Rather odd for a site that was originally designed for Windows users.

Max Norris said,
Rather odd for a site that was originally designed for Windows users.

I know, but this site chooses to post articles like this, the people should grow up. When I am at AndroidCentral.com I don't see stupid articles like "White iPhone released" or "iPad 2 Released Today go Preorder".

This site might of started as a Microsoft Fanboy site but it's taken another direction.

Let's see how that rep holds up after they go before congress and have to acknowledge how much data they are collecting from your Android phone?

bob_c_b said,
Let's see how that rep holds up after they go before congress and have to acknowledge how much data they are collecting from your Android phone?

Don't kid your self. Google only holds your last 50 cell locations and 200 Wi-Fi locations. The user is warned about this. However, Apple never warned the users and it stores everything on your phone and computer since iOS 4. Apple will hear the brunt of it. Mark my words, worst case scenario for Google, they will be forced to encrypt the data.

bob_c_b said,
Let's see how that rep holds up after they go before congress and have to acknowledge how much data they are collecting from your Android phone?

YAWN...there is a reason why people are not as upset at Google and why Google isnt releasing a patch. If you are dumb enough not to plainly see and read the part to say NO to collect data upon setting up your device, you deserve to have you info stolen and your smart phone rights revoked.

bob_c_b said,
Let's see how that rep holds up after they go before congress and have to acknowledge how much data they are collecting from your Android phone?

bob_c_b said,
Let's see how that rep holds up after they go before congress and have to acknowledge how much data they are collecting from your Android phone?

This won't go anywhere, as Android phone users are warned, just like Gmail, GoogleVoice, GDoc users are all notified that Google can access your information at any time and will use the information you store in these services 'anonymously'.

What will trigger Google backlash is when people start to see more Google Employees accessing this data for nefarious reasons, (which is something you can already see make news every 3-6 months). Or when information leaks about Google using the information in all their services to gain knowledge of stocks prices and even political matters.

Would be interesting to know how the 60 companies in the list were selected. Given the last year is it any wonder that BP are pretty much at the bottom. I wonder where they would have stood had the other companies also responsible for the deepwater horizon disaster such as Hiliburton, Transocean, and Cameron been included.