Watched some documentaries recently on Google, its whole story etc all about Larry Page and Sergey Brin and all that... and it got me very interested in Google in general and the more I learned about Google and its various products and projects I found myself wondering about the monopoly which is Google and its future intentions etc..
So I thought I'd start a thread to see what people think about Google, whether it truly does apply its infamous 'don't be evil' mantra to its operations and its future plans.
Personally I have issues with Google's collection of personal information and my searching and all that privacy stuff and yet I understand that it is this information which allows Google to be so good at search. I have issues with the amount of access it gives officially or unofficially to agencies like the FBI/NSA. I consider Google as 'too big for society' to control or have a say in and I think it represents a massive 'potential' threat to all the democratization the internet promises to the individual and to societies - especially in the case of China for instance who has a secret business arrangement with Google and we all know that that would include issues such as Censoring the internet to its citizens etc..
what do yez think?
Google good or bad?
what aspects of Google do you distrust?
They have an awful lot of major technological advances in the pipeline right now and enormous projects which will effect the whole world when they come to fruition. They don't have a history of asking people what they want before they 'inflict' their ideas upon the world and that is their right as a money making company ... but at what cost potentially?
I think the internet is amazing and Google is the core of the internet and as such has 'enabled' amazing and benevolent things to happen in the world. But are they too big now? Is it too much POWER concentrated in one single corporation?
Just lookin for opinions, things I haven't thought of etc.. whats your take?
employs >50k people,
turns over 50 Bn and makes a profit of 10 Bn a year,
Processes 3 billion searches a day.
Is there a conspiracy?
lol I did google it!
I thought I might break the interwebz, but no...
I got a google friendly CT page at the top search.
I feel much safer now that its all been covered and apparently we are being paranoid
Even some posed scenarios of where it could work, end with reasons for how it couldnt work.
Good thread topic by the way.
I have noticed I try to do a search and the damn search engine tries logging me into my gmail to record my searches.
Also youtube seems to do this if you go from a logged in Gmail search to youtube vids, you will be watching the vids logged into youtube O.o
Pain in the ass.
I do often wonder what will become of all this.
Google is so popular its mentioned everywhere and I myself am always telling people who ask stupid questions to google it.
A search engine is handy but sometimes I think to switch because I dont like the idea of any corp gettign that big.
Any suggestions for alternatives?
I dont want to google "seach engines" haha!
I had a long response laughing at your conspiracy, but when I clicked "submit reply", I got this;
Ahhh. 609. And with a little tweaking here and there and hey presto 666!
What's 999 got to do with it?
Here's a statement from isohunt concerning google, and their ability to censor:
Like any big corp it has to have an eye kept on it
Im a bit wary of it's policy of collecting 'non-personal' information and the way they tailor adds for you in gmail etc(why it keeps showing ads for fleshlights and thai brides would lead me to think their algorithim is broke )
To give them credit gmail was a game changer and their support of android has had a major impact on technology(also see their google glass).
having said that they can show their true corporate colours sometimes.I use isohunt as my torrent search engine.That site is being chased through the courts in the states(along with many others) and has posted some interesting points.The one below is one that involves googles behaviour
This is either the funniest parody of conspiracy theories I've ever seen, or the single-most ridiculous actual conspiracy theory.
Could even be both!
A conspiracy theory non the less
You have an odd sense of humour..... a...n...y...w..a..y...
666 is not all evil or hocus pocus like people make it out to be, but it is symbolic here and it does denote 666 regardless of whatever you believe about it. I have to say this too. It's not funny. I have a wild sense of humour and I am gonna cut you short here with that.
"NSA is not able to comment on specific relationships we may or may not have with U.S. companies. We can say as a general matter, however, that ... [the] NSA works with a broad range of commercial partners and research associates."
NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center