Of course, the other side of the argument is that Google will now be able to use the info it gets from you in one app to advertise at you in another. Maybe you’re YouTubing videos of hot, hot BBQ action and all the sudden, you’re getting BBQ ads in your Gmail. The privacy issue is also a potential concern to those using Android phones, which force you into attaching a Google account when you activate them.
Of course, how much any of this matters really depends on two things. First, is how much you mind being advertised at. For some people, it’s the principle of the thing. As far as I’m concerned, if you can show me something I actually want to click on and don’t immediately regret, keep it coming.
The second thing is how much you trust Google with your data; that point is two fold. From a hacker-type security standpoint, I feel pretty safe. I don’t give Google my social security number or anything, and I have two-step verification turned on, just like everyone should. From a “what if Google turns into big brother” standpoint, for some reason Google makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside — the way imagine Apple fanboys feel about Apple — so I could care less; I’m protected by irrational trust. If you aren’t surrounded by a shield of “I’m not going to think about it, what can I really do anyway,” I recommend you find one fast. Either that, or get ready to go back to hotmail or something.
(via Washington Post)
- Take a look at Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist
- Google+ has a meme generator now
- Google added Google+ results to search