The more Google scorns users, the more users worship Google

Fragged — The Google paradox leaves me in awe. In the hands of Google, the most elementary bit of user privacy becomes a joke. And the more Google scorns users, the more users worship Google.

There is positively nothing new in Personal Search History. If you bothered to read your GoogleBar’s terms and conditions, you are aware that it records every last click you do on web sites if you are using it to display the PageRank of web pages during your browsing sessions.

What may be less clear to you is that Google knows absolutely everything there is to know about you. It is the patented Big Brother of this early 21st century. It is times more evil than Microsoft ever has been. And never in the history of mankind has any publicly or privately held firm collected as much information on as many people as Google.

Google records and tracks every last search you do on its web site and has done so since the beginning. If you searched for celeb zoo porn from your home, Google knows. Your shady mp3 downloads? That too. And by collecting information on what you have been searching for in the past years, odds are very good it knows much about everything there is to know about you: Your name and email (via your friends’ gmail accounts if you do not have one yourself), your employer, your whereabouts, your tastes and interests. Everything.

Google has a very good reason to do this. Or should I say an excuse? This is to improve the results that its pathetically outperformed search engine serves to its advertisement fodder.

And Google’s scorn is limitless. It is such that you can now be scared by rate at which it learns about you. And inept journalists around the world are reporting this as a grandiose innovation. This is just hopeless.

Comments on The more Google scorns users, the more users worship Google

  1. 1. What’s the harm? Seriously. The only “downside” is that they serve “targeted” ads to me — which I never notice and never click on.

    2. Scott McNealy once said: “You have no privacy – get over it.” He had a point. Not good, not bad — just a simple statement of fact. And no one is forced to use Google for anything. And no one is forced to use Google from their home PC. Don’t like it — don’t use it.

  2. It’s less about privacy than about the dangers of concentrating information in one hand.

    People will indeed get over not having any privacy, for the better or for the worst.

    But consider the amount of information Google can retrieve on someone that _doesn’t_ use Google, via Gmail and www indexing. These people didn’t ask to be in Google. They are nonetheless.

    Also, consider what will happen the day a hacker breaks into Google’s sytems. Expect real damage to occcur then. As in ID theft. Try querying your name in Grokker and Zabasearch, you might be amazed.

    Lastly, and most importantly, what happens the day Google reveals your information to States? For any reason at all. Especially Police States. Powerkills such as Hitler and Stalin would have done a lot less damage if not for their ability to collect information.

  3. I agree with you, Dennis.

    There are many possibilities of misuse of this information (by Google, hackers, or States).