Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Enemy Mine

Just for the record, I do not hate Google, nor am I its enemy. Quite the opposite: I’m a fan. I love Google. They’ve done so much for the web. I use their search and news services daily. And, in most cases, the choices they make are sound.

I criticize them when they make choices I don’t like, the same way your family tells you when they don’t like your girlfriend. It’s out of love and respect, even when it’s hard to say.

So it’s disappointing to spend 40 minutes on the phone with a journalist, make that love absolutely clear, go to great pains to explain what a great thing the AdSense program is, to even refer him to Matt Haughey for a success story, and, in the end, get a line like this:

AdSense has made Google a lot of friends — and enemies like Derek Powazek of San Francisco.

No, I am not Google’s enemy. I thought I made that clear. I’m disappointed that I was dropped from the AdSense program, sure. That money went to support Fray. But I’m no one’s enemy. Not over something so trivial.

That’s simply sloppy journalism – going for the dramatic turn of phrase instead of the nuanced truth. And I’m sorry my name got used this way.

Perhaps I should be the Boston Globe’s enemy now.

(Looks like Dave is unhappy, too.)


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