The Untold Story... Warning, some humor may be present; but also lots of informational items and resources. In truth, Google does seem to be one of the more benign corporations out there. And they certainly have answered every question I've ever thrown at their search engine.
Why I Am Extremely Terrified of Google(Heading title derived from one of Google's search function auto-completions, bless their hearts. And if you really are concerned about privacy invasion, be sure to read the last section of this page. What you are concerned about has been going on long before the internet and Google arrived on the scene. In other words, on the private-sector side, the 1984 scenario showed up a long time ago. As for the public-sector side, more about that later.)
No matter which website I visit, there's the Google API's scattered across my screen. Google knows I've been there.
Wherever I go, there is Google...
Whenever I search for something, Google knows and Google saves. And then Google follows me around, telling me all about it for the next month (they really do).
Google knows where I've been. Google knows where I am. Google knows where I want to go. But wait, there's more...
- Google knows my name.
- Google knows my gender.
- Google knows my age.
- Google knows my ethnicity.
- Google knows my education level.
- Google knows what I do for a living.
- Google knows what I do for fun.
- Google knows what I buy.
- Google knows the companies I love.
- Google knows the companies I hate.
- Google knows what financial institution I use.
- Google knows where I live.
- Google knows the YouTube song I listened to six times a a row.
We Are Being Watched...Not only does Google want to know, and does know, everything about me; they want to watch me.
So much so, they even send driverless cars with cameras that follow me around wherever I go. Sure, they say it is for their Google Maps; but I know better.
And if the cars weren't bad enough, now Google is launching satellites to watch over me. I mean seriously, satellites!?! They claim it's for their Google Earth, but then they took a picture of me in front of my house. [Yes, they really did. The technology is that good. No, I'm not posting the link; I'm already paranoid enough as it is.]
And then, of course, there's the whole GPS thing...
But Wait! There's Even More.Google isn't happy just knowing everything about us and where we are at any given moment.
Google is gradually buying up the entire planet. If you doubt this, check out acquisitions and partnerships. Not only is Google buying up everything in sight, they have even partnered with the NASA Ames Research Center.
The NSA certainly loved Google and what they do. So much so, they were busily stealing all of Google's information about us from the Google data centers; leastwise until Google wised-up and encrypted it.
Do you use web-based email? Someone is probably thumbing through your letters as we speak.
Do you use Google Docs? Best not to put anything there that some law enforcement agency might be interested in...
It Gets Worse... Google Has a Sense of Humor and Can Strike at Any Time......and without warning.
Depending on which browser you use:
- Do not do a Google search for the word "askew".
- Do not do a Google search for the phrase "zerg rush".
- Do not tell Google to "Do a barrel roll".
Where Will Google Be in a 100 Years? They'll Still Be Around.
Other companies that have survived over 100 years include ExxonMobil, IBM, General Electric, Chevron, McKesson, and many others.
IBM is the most notable of these. Even though they are in the cutthroat technology industry, and even though they have seriously messed up at times, they are still around. And even prospering.
Will Google still be around in a 100 years? Probably. As long as Google continues to keep hiring the smartest people on the planet; and as long as Google continues its company charter policy of "Do no evil", and thus avoiding perturbing the general population; the odds of Google's continuing prosperity are good.
When some new company does come along with a threatening new technology, Google will no doubt do the corporate usual; buy them or stomp on them. Capitalism is capitalism...
Though this page is sometimes humorous of intent, it somehow also kind of turned into an informational article and a review of Google and of internet life in general. I'm fine with that. All in all, I am fond of Google. One really does have to admire what Google has accomplished since its inception. And as far as corporations go, Google really does seem to be less evil than most.
The Privacy Controversy
There has been a lot of media coverage concerning privacy issues. The thing is, all the other corporations and companies out there have been doing the exact, same thing. And not just tech companies; any company that has any interaction with the public is busily snooping into your private life in every way they can. Admittedly, Google is probably better at it than most.
It gets worse. This has been going on long before the internet came along. Try decades and decades and decades; probably somewhere between 50 to a 100 years or even longer.
If you really want an eye-opener as to privacy invasion, try checking out the Credit Report Guide for Beginners page; this has likewise been going on for decades and decades and decades.
As previously mentioned, the private-sector side of 1984 arrived a long time ago. As for the public-sector side of things; both 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 officially arrived the day after September 11, 2001.