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Daemon
09-23-2011, 12:10 PM
http://generationotaku.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/google.jpgAm I the only one who is starting to hate Google? A few years ago I remember seeing Google for the first time as a tiny search engine, offering to search for me in a very simple manner. I quickly dumped Yahoo and used Google. Afterall, I tend to develop hate over things that become main stream. I felt “elite” back then because I use a search engine that only select few uses.

Fast forward 2011. Google is freaking everywhere on the net. Web search, shopping, online videos, mail. Open your computer and chances are you have something Google-related. I don’t like it because believe it or not, Google has shaped the way you move around the internet. You trust Google search, you use Google maps/earth to travel, you use Gmail as your main account and pretty soon we will be friends through google+. No more feeling of eliteness or exclusivity. All you have is one hulking corporation intent to get your information to push more advertisements to you. Google calls it “related search”, I call it invasion of privacy. Some government people think so too. Google is under scrutiny from the US govt, claiming that Google is rigging search results to favor revenue, they say Google is also bullying small companies that refused to be bought — they threaten to deny them search results. Lately, Google also agreed to pay a $500 million fine (http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/08/google-to-pay-500-million-for-facilitating-illegal-drug-transactions.ars) for “helping online pharmacies illegally sell hundreds of millions of dollars” of drugs. Google is on its way into becoming Skynet.

As I type this post, I am uninstalling Google Chrome and switching to Opera and Firefox. I have declined all Google+ invitations. Stopped using some of my Gmail accounts and transferring to other webmail providers. I have not stopped using it’s search though, I still find it useful. How about you? How closely wired are you to Google?



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