Is Google Soft On Privacy?

There’s been quite a lot of news this week about Google and privacy so I thought I’d break out some of the links from tomorrow’s This Week In SEO post and devote tonight to a post about Google and privacy. I’ll toss in some of my own thoughts as a bonus.
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Does Subliminal Advertising Really Work This Well?

I believe subliminal advertising works, but does it really work this well?

I think we all make seemingly conscious decisions that we can’t explain and often the explanations reside in our subconscious mind. I think we all can be affected by images we come in contact with, but never consciously perceive. I think it operates in much the same way that advertisers hope we’ll associate a specific brand with a catchy jingle or how by seeing an ad over and over again we’ll eventually buy a product even if we haven’t seen that ad in quite some time.

But really, does it work anywhere as well as it does in this video? I’m thinking no.
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Safari Browser For Windows

Last fall Firefox 2.0 and IE7 changed the way we develop sites. On Monday Apple released a beta version of its Safari web browser which you can download and run on a Windows machine. If you’re like me and develop sites on Windows this is welcome news.
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Do You Really Need Search Traffic?

Jennifer Laycock is starting an interesting experiment where she’s out to prove a business can survive without Google. Actually she’s out to prove that a business can survive without any search traffic at all. In time the search engines will be allowed back in, but the idea is to show that search traffic while useful is not necessary to build a business and drive both traffic and sales. The best part is we’ll all get to find out how it goes and most likely learn a lot along the way.
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Safe Is Not Remarkable

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
–Andre Gide

What are you thinking during that moment when you’re about to click the publish button on your blog? Are there times when you ask yourself if you should take out the paragraph that might offend someone? Are there times when you wonder who are you to be giving out advice? Are there times when you think you’ll look foolish because you’re going against common wisdom? What do you do in those moments? Do you publish anyway or do you play it safe?
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