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Thursday, December 02, 2004
Google Blog Censored?
Google Blogoscope discovers that the Google Blog post on Google Groups I linked to mere hours ago is no more, taken down by parties unknown. Of course, Phillip still has the text of the post:
A new gaggle of Groups

Are you interested in learning how to build a bird house, or discussing Linux with other partisans? Or maybe in your spare time you want to make single-layer graphene sheets using Chemical Vapor Deposition.

Whether your interests run to knitting or brain surgery, chances are good other people out there share them. The new Google Groups not only helps you find information on millions of topics; now you can actively share ideas and opinions with others about each and every obsession of yours.

And if you don't find a group already focused on your passion, by all means start one. Invite others to join your group so that all interested parties can read and respond to messages, share opinions and ideas via email or your own group's web page. If you're looking for a group to join, we could definitely use some thoughtful insight (or idle speculation) over at my space elevator group.

Shannon Bauman
Associate Product Manager, Google Groups

I can't find anything on the other side of those links that would be a reason for PR to take it down, so we can only wonder why. Anyone got any theories? I guarantee the post will be back up, but it should be interesting to see what they change.

UPDATE: The post is back up. The change? There was no link to Google Groups! So they added it and put it back up. How silly.

UPDATE 2: This story is, surprisingly, still developing. Read on at this post.

I'm sorry, but the link to the post still gives a 404, and the top post is still "Have a very Froogle Friday", from November 25th.
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