Google Earth Getting Press Accurate or Not

There were two different articles about Google Earth over the last couple of days. First the claims the program was being used by Iraqi terrorists to target British troops in Basara - this one has been well discussed and dismissed.

The second was its use to plot out a pot dealer's plants that he had left in a GPS device found when he was pulled over with some of his stash.

This continued 'urban legend' of Google Earth being used for all sorts of things is amusing. The product is not downloading live satellite photos. The company has worked with various governments so as not to allow information to be used for harmful purposes etc.

I guess we just want to believe Google is this all seeing Big Brother - while it may have the potential to get there, they are not there yet.

We need to stop the misinformation.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.