Thursday, October 26, 2006

當Google都玩政治時

Google對全世界的影響力越來越大,已是不爭的事實,試想如果有一天Google伺服器「down晒」(失靈),那管是金融機構的分析員,以致一般學生都不用旨意繼續工作,影響認真「唔講得笑」。

當生意做到那麼大,公司自然樹大招風,除非你如Apple(蘋果電腦)般另類,一味賣型,不食人間煙火,否則規模如此巨大的公司,市值高達1,459億美元(約1.13萬億港元),投資些少金錢在國會議員身上這類政治活動,怎樣也無法避免。所以,Google就向美國聯邦選舉委員會,申請成立政治行動委員會(Political Action Committee),成立這個委員會的目的,當然是Google想擺明車馬,為作出政治捐獻踏出的第一步。

其實,除了Google之外,另一科技巨頭Microsoft(微軟)都有向政客作出捐獻,而且扮到很中立,實行民主黨又捐,共和黨又捐,表面上這些捐獻好像問題不大,但事實上,共和黨那班政客除了要驚今年中期選舉可能喪失國會控制權外,更要驚Google令到共和黨雞毛鴨血,難以翻身。為甚麼?

Google一向以來,捐款都是捐予與民主黨政見差不多的政治團體,特別是最大受助者Moveon.org,反映這間公司同共和黨那班右派分子「唔多啱嘴形」。民主黨無端端有個「咁有米」的捐款人在背後支持,而現任總統喬治布殊與共和黨的聲望又差劣成這樣,你話今年共和黨怎會不陷入苦戰之中。

但最得人驚的卻非Google的金錢,因為一向支持共和黨的Microsoft同樣「有米」,反而最得人驚的是Google的搜尋引擎,例如今年Google為了中期選舉,特別安排Google Map結合選舉網站,click去你所屬的選區,就有齊各類同選舉有關的資料,例如候選人政綱,票站地點,相關的新聞,以及各類網頁。

之前喬治布殊被人利用Google「耍佢」,暗寸他是廢柴這件事都不是新聞。至於今次民主黨更打算用新款Google bomb,加強支持他們的網站在Google的排名,在多種攻勢夾攻下,民主黨在中期選舉被人看高一線,又的確很合理。就算香港的普選議題,都是肥佬黎加上天主教香港教區的陳日君紅衣主教聯手維持高人氣。更何況,Google是這般級數呢!

香港的富豪們,要搞政治就要學Google,千萬不要學一些尊貴的議員,搞到那麼低層次。

創投基金也湧入科網洪流
講起Google,這股互聯網洪流已蔓延至美國創投基金界,這類基金正重投互聯網懷抱,而這個趨勢不容忽視,皆因新一浪科網熱或再重臨。據Ernst & Young LLP最近的一份報告顯示,創投基金第三季已投入63.6億(美元,下同)在科技公司,當中涉及611宗交易,而今年首9個月累積投資額更達194.5億元,並料全年總額達250億元,成01年科網潮所創330億元後新高。創投基金除投資新能源項目如大家熟悉的太陽能、甲醇發電外,原來有不少投入資訊科技行業,單是第三季便比去年同期增長41%。當然,一個互聯網搜尋器Google已令不少投資者頓變富豪,皆因Google今天股價見478元,較04年底已累升1.48倍,創投基金自然樂於趁勢加入這個洪流。

不過,他們針對的項目中,卻以WEB2.0項目最獲垂青,例如包含Google這種以互聯網作為平台的特性,而博客等網上公開互動也是Web 2.0的特性,至於Skype網上電話的崛起更體現其商業前景。

(10月26日刊於《am730》)

10 Comments:

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其實你係咪做IT 行業的?我見你好鍾意講科技行業既野。

 
At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Simon said...

The change of IT industry is quick, while the influence can be huge. I guess it's the reason why people have to take it seriously.

Money -> Power is a standard rule.

 
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