Google’s Strange 'Spam' Attack
Until now, I have been dazzled by Google—the Dewey Decimal System of all the information in the world.
Google has been my search engine. In the early days, I used DogPile, but Google ate DogPile's lunch.
Type in a request to Google and I'll get thousands of hits in a nanosecond. It's a miracle!
However, for the past week Google has been running a campaign that can only be called spam—one that systematically and perniciously wastes my time and ignores my wishes.
See the image in the media player at right.
Every fourth or fifth time I go to Google, the landing page is covered by a prestitial screen that does not allow me to search. The headline:
Create your own home page in under 30 seconds
I have a home page, dennyhatch.com.
I have no interest in another home page from Google or anybody else.
Zero. Nada. Nyet.
In the upper left of this Google prestitial screen is a plain "X"—presumably to click on and make the thing go away.
Yet when I click on it, nothing happens. It keeps reappearing, taking three or four—sometimes five—clicks to rid my screen of the thing.
Further, no choice is available that allows an opt-out.
Nor does a way exist for me to contact Google and complain.
The result: It periodically reappears when I go to Google—over and over and over again—deliberately impeding my search efforts and wasting my time.
This, in my opinion, is the equivalent of spam.
What is Google doing?