This is one of the worst Kickstarters I’ve seen in ages. Not only is this man a paranoid psychopath, he also contradicts himself.
The project creator’s idea can be summed up in a few sentences. He believes that he can challenge the might of internet giants such as Google. If he were to open his eyes— even just a little, he would see that he is nowhere near being able to achieve a portion of his goal.
Attempting to justify the creation of such a blatantly pointless website, he explains:
"how a simple multi-searching website + a simple encoded formula could possibly level the playing field among all the top search engines to finally put an end to the Google’s dominance of this huge market as an "evil monopoly" that spies on their search-engine users—calling it "targeted" advertising!? And soon enough, Google will sell their user’s online "trending data" to our recently exposed Big-Brother! You can share this unique "crowd driven" excitement in which a website empowers us "the little people" to actually control this multi-Billion Dollars online advertisement-market in which so far, we are merely a "target" to be sold to, and to be sold to the Big-Brother for even bigger profit!"
What I understand from this maniac’s speech:
- Google is an “evil monopoly”. Last time I checked, simply being the best search engine doesn’t make it “evil”. This is like saying that someone is evil and scheming to achieve world domination just because they happen to bake better brownies than you.
- If I’m supposed to feel “empowered” by using such a website, said website first needs to operate outside of Internet Explorer. Otherwise, I feel like I’m stooping down several levels.
In the mood for a good laugh, I decided to take a trip to his webpage (http://letsnotbeevil.com/). The webpage turned out to be an embarrassment. I expected something at least somewhat modern-looking. However, what I found can only be described as garish. He states that the website is designed for Internet Explorer. How cute, someone who has failed to realize that the world has left Internet Explorer behind. Using Google Chrome, I navigated to his website to discover that it was a jumbled mess:
Upon reading this madman’s blog, I came across this amusing tidbit:
"In reality though, America’s Big Brother–pressured to outsource spying soon, is going to be forced to go to the likes of Google and Facebook…who already are, sniffing us online, reading our Emails, ratting us out to their advertisers, and keep a record of everything we search for on the web!!!
It’s all up to us to fix this … to stop these evil alliances, and to force them to just stop spying! We need a fresh perspective on this … we really need to hit their pockets … a “Robin Hood” style website which steals market share from Google, and giveth to the “poor” like DuckDuckGo, Ask, Yahoo, and Bing … why didn’t Microsoft think of this !?”
While reading about what exactly this incredibly useless website does, I found that it only takes your search and sends it to several search engines in an attempt to “give a search credit to each engine”. In this way, he hopes to “level the playing field” by “hitting Google’s pocket”. What is most shocking is how he bashes Google on multiple occasions, yet still uses Google as the primary handler for any search entered on his website. This is a laughable example of hypocrisy.
If you’re anything like me, you still don’t understand the WHY behind this Kickstarter.