In Google we trust

I make no bones about the fact that I’m a Google fan. I love their varied services and use them daily. In fact, it scares me a little to consider they probably know more about me than most of my friends do.

Almost everything I do online is either on a Google-owned site or facilitated by a Google search. My iGoogle start page is the first thing I see when I log onto the internet – using Google’s web browser. Heck, I even use a Google-powered phone!

Here are a few of the Google services that I regularly use:

  • Chrome browser
  • iGoogle start page
  • Google Plus
  • Bookmarks
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Search
  • Music
  • Reader
  • Maps
  • YouTube
  • Sites

I know people who think this is “putting all your eggs in one basket,” but surely it is less dangerous to share so much of my life with ONE company that I trust instead of giving pieces of it away to a handful of different companies. We all know Facebook’s record on using and selling its user’s information to advertisers, yet look how many people are still using it.

Am I too trusting of a company that makes billions a year on advertising? Probably. But I also realize that no matter which company’s services I use, I am providing an enormous digital footprint that allows me to be easily targeted by advertisers. The “free” services we are used to using aren’t really free. There is a cost to everything.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

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