Digg Dialogg: Kevin Rose Talks to Marissa Mayer

image You can say many things about the Digg community (and in the past, I’ve been known to say … well, many things), but you can’t say that they don’t come up with interesting questions for the frequent high-profile guests on Kevin Rose’s Digg Dialogg series.

Here are the questions:

  1. “Do you ever get disturbed at what you see as most searched topics?”
  2. “With products like Google Docs, Voice, Wave as well as Chrome OS, Google seems to strongly encourage the move to the cloud. However, a lot of users do not have fast internet access and have relatively low bandwith caps. Do you consider Internet Service Providers as a major bottleneck in the user experience of a cloud-oriented system? If so, what do you think can be done fix or circumvent that potential problem?”
  3. “What are you going to do with all the data you are collecting on your users?”
  4. “What happened to the 10th to the 100th promise Google made on its last birthday to put $10 million into the best ideas submitted to Google and winnowed by a vote of the public with final selections made by a panel selected by Google? The initial decision-making was to have come in December, then it was delayed due to the huge response… and now it appears to have gone by the wayside. (This is very disappointing for all who trusted Google to honor its funding promise.)”
  5. “How do you feel about Bing? I believe the search engine has some very positive features. Does Google plan on implementing any significant changes in response to Bing’s release?”
  6. “What product that Google has in beta are you most excited about at the moment?”
  7. “What do you think of Wolfram|Alpha?”
  8. “Who do you think is Google’s biggest threat?”
  9. “Could you please take us through a day in the life of “the boss"?”
  10. “Is Google Skynet?”

Interesting responses?

In response to Bing, Mayer said: “We always welcome competition, and Bing is a very strong competitor.”

In response to Wolfram-Alpha: “Spring was a really exciting time for search. There are lots of people inventing new things, and trying new things. We had a couple big launches in search our self, with Google Squared and Toolbelt.  We asked ourselves  ‘What happens when you change how search works?’ It changes the paradigms of search and shows us how early we are in search.”

Is Google Skynet: “We’re rooting for John Conner. What concerns me the most about the Internet is the concept of anonymity. There is very few things you can do anonymously in the real world, and increasingly the same is true of the Internet. I think overall that’s a good thing – it creates accountability and responsibility.”