The other star of the Republican National Convention? Google

Google is rapidly becoming one of the most politically involved tech companies; they're spending unprecedented amounts of cash on lobbying, and they really went all out at this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

For starters, Google set up an awesome coffee shop where you could get pretty much anything you wanted for - get this - free. Did we mention that they threw in complimentary 60MB/s internet? Yeah, they did. Needless to say, it was one of the hottest hangouts for convention-goers, from congressmen to reporters.

Needless to say, Google's lounge wasn't without its fair share of pandering of Google's products and political interests. This included encouraging convention attendees to take advantage of the blazingly fast internet by holding Google+ hangouts and keeping up to date on events with Google search and YouTube. There was advertising aplenty, too.

Google spent a lot of money getting their real estate on the convention floor, not to mention crafting the awesome experience that they offered, so it's no surprise that they wanted to share some of their political interests with passersby. To their credit, this was fairly subtle, but if you stopped by, chances are that you walked away with a brochure for Engine Advocacy, the technology think-tank and advocacy group that Google has been a member of since back in January.

Besides the general coolness of the whole display, Google's huge presence at the convention is just another example of the tremendous politicization that's happening in the tech sector right now. With hot-button issues like SOPA and ACTA threatening to completely change the landscape forever, the industry can no longer afford to stay out of the political arena, and you can bet that come November, both parties will be vying for the attention of this relatively new interest group.

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Too bad they won't focus on search results..

I'm really getting a rather large list of complaints for these idiots.
They took what was perfect and are gradually destroying it !

Latest complaint ?
It's been a couple months since i have done some image searches
for Music CD / Album covers and the other day i started doing my usual routine
that i have done for years and search for a high res. front cd cover.
And the way it ALWAYS worked before was they would display a TON
of relevant results @ different sizes. so accurate you could pretty much see
nothing but the image you searched for by name specifically and
then the same when i click on the Large filter..

So now i did some searching and i see on average a couple small and
a couple large images and the rest are suppressed and not shown in the search results !

The difference is black and white !
They are suppressing images that would normally have been shown limiting selection.
So the side effect of this is you get probably 75% more unrelated images now.
Makes scrolling down the page useless..
And clicking next page / more results not even a concept worth entertaining.
If i do a google image search for extremely specific albums covers why should
5% be the cover and 35% be the band and 89.3% be completely random unrelated crap ?

Google sucks and at an ever increasing rate !
My complaints list with them is MASSIVE.
And 101% is the result of them changing things for the better.
Changes is great and the customer is always wrong and what should i like today google ?
Sorry i don't have the ability to form an opinion on my own i require someone
with a financial incentive to help me with whats best for me (and their wallet)

I've been checking out other search engines more and more...

I agree with the concerns about GOP hypocrisy regarding Google. On the other hand, DNC hypocrisy regarding holding their convention in a right-to-work, same-sex marriage banning state, in a Bank of America labeled building doesn't bother me at all.

Why is that, I wonder...

Jill Stein or Gary Johnson for president. I would hate to see Romney in, wasn't keen on his war rhetoric in his speech, he sounds a bit extreme.

I'm only voting for Obama because it'll be slightly worst than Romney.

Regarding Google at the RNC convention, I'm sure they'll hit the DNC convention next week and spike the coffee with that Google Kool-aid.

Astra.Xtreme said,

We sat through 4 years of Obama lies and failure. We need something new to hope for.

Decades of republicans and democrats. How about a change of party? I'm thinking gold.

Funny you say that and perhaps that's the problem, you sat you way through instead of seeing the progress made. You say lies and failures but I don't see them, now in Bush era we saw plenty of that and even thought Obama is not perfect, he sure is much better than any of the chump politicians out there!

Astra.Xtreme said,

We sat through 4 years of Obama lies and failure. We need something new to hope for.


so you'd rather vote for a republican who's most likely going to favor the rich over the majority middle-class?

Favor the rich? Obama wants to soak the rich. Romney wants everybody's taxes to go down. The top 1% already pay well over 50% of taxes but Obama talks about "fair share". Go check out "bar stool economics" on YouTube. Enlighten yourself.

aviator189 said,

so you'd rather vote for a republican who's most likely going to favor the rich over the majority middle-class?

aviator189 said,

I'm not trying to hate, but am I missing something here?

It's mocking on of Obama's "brilliant" quotes from a month or so ago.

king_of_hearts said,

You didn't built that comment. Someone else made that happen.


If he attended public schools, the government had a hand in helping him write that comment.

aviator189 said,
i'm not voting for a republican this election..

After reading through your initial comment and your follow up comments I can understand why. You are totally not an informed individual, very evident.

Astra.Xtreme said,

It's mocking on of Obama's "brilliant" quotes from a month or so ago.

Yes, the widely misquoted one, very good.

aviator189 said,

what are you talking about??

They're referring to obama's speech. Which can be found here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKjPI6no5ng

He's talking about infrastructure, but for some reason people like to ignore reality and pretend hes making some statement about how business owners didn't build their businesses (which makes no sense).

You didn't build this website. Somebody else made that happen.

Edited by nub, Aug 31 2012, 11:14pm :

nub said,

They're referring to obama's speech. Which can be found here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKjPI6no5ng

He's talking about infrastructure, but for some reason people like to ignore reality and pretend hes making some statement about how business owners didn't build their businesses (which makes no sense).

You didn't build this website. Somebody else made that happen.

I guess Steve Jobs didn't build Apple by that logic.

And I guess independent construction companies are the only ones that can take credit for building anything then. I hope none were in the audience that day Obama said that.

nub said,

They're referring to obama's speech. Which can be found here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKjPI6no5ng

He's talking about infrastructure, but for some reason people like to ignore reality and pretend hes making some statement about how business owners didn't build their businesses (which makes no sense).

You didn't build this website. Somebody else made that happen.

I guess Steve Jobs didn't build Apple by that logic.

And I guess independent construction companies are the only ones that can take credit for building anything then. I hope none were in the audience that day Obama said that.

hamslammer said,

After reading through your initial comment and your follow up comments I can understand why. You are totally not an informed individual, very evident.


what? just because I'm not voting for republicans this election means that I have to follow every single speech out there in the political arena?
what a baseless comment...