Knowledge is power, right ? And in the electronic world that is the Internet, more knowledge, more information, more data = more power. The power of course comes from the ability to exercise selective control over the data mountain that you have.
Take the words “WordPress help”. Go search on MSN and I’m #1. Now look on Yahoo – I’m #3. Now try Google. (like you need a link there ?) and as I have said before and despite my asking that my URL be listed, I do not exist anywhere. Sure, you can see the correct URL in the results scraped from other sites, but you get no click-able link. Ground I have covered before is this …
If you bought a property and on the first Friday evening, a guy knocked at the door and told you that if you gave him money he would “look after” your property but if you did not then you would “disappear”, would you pay ? What if you said No and he – and all the neighbours – told you that around there it was accepted custom and practice, would you then ? But isn’t this what Google goes ? Unless you play by their rules – rules which you never really get to see and are subject to change on a whim – then they can delist you. They can remove you from the internet, and with the farce that is GWA, they can remove you from their version of the net. As I read somewhere, Google is doing what it is NOT necessarily because it is legal, but that at the time no-one objected to it’s wandering in and copying (stealing) and caching (storing) yours and my work. There is the Picasa software, the desktop search, GWA, GMail – all applications designed to efficiently gather as much information on you as possible for them to then sell to whoever bids the highest.
Maybe this price is acceptable though ? Maybe having all your images indexed and being able to search your HD for that picture on the beach last year is a small price to pay for Google being able to gaze into your soul ? But it can’t be can it ?
Google news – Beta. GMail – Beta. GWA – buggy-as-hell-pre-alpha. Orkut – utter garbage. I have not used the others so I know not what versions. People are trusting their data to BETA apps – would you do that with a Microsoft product ? I think not – because someone has told you often enough that Microsoft stuff is buggy / bloated etc – so why are Google so damn hot then ?
But getting back to the InfoVac … there are many apps now that vacuum information out of us. All the Google stuff, tada lists, Flickr, del.icio.us to name 4. But do WE create the demand for such apps or are they presented to us in such a way that we instantly realise that this shiny new app will fill a gaping void in our lives and we then adopt it wholeheartedly ? I say it’s the latter – but do we really think that this app creation is totally altruistic or that the goal of data gathering is at it’s core (because that is where the money is). Maybe initially it is lead by a drive to produce clean effective code but the money talks – and it talks because information is power.
But at what point does a field on information become saturated ? At what point do Google realise that their rate of info gathering from GMail is slowing, that desktop search is not bringing in the cash – to where to they then turn to strip information out of us ? And in order to do that with darkness at their core, how do they dress it up to appear as a benevolent giant ? And do we then fall for that trick again ?.
Just because we live in this fast changing world does not make it right if bad things are going on does it ?
Update: Just found this article: The Good God Google