Google’s “Me On The Web” Pushes Google Profiles — Take That, Facebook?

google me on the web Google has launched a new "Me On The Web" section within its Google Dashboard area, which seems designed to push more people toward creating Google Profiles, as well as create greater awareness of how things that leak out of Facebook and other social networks may end up on Google. The Facebook Factor Perhaps I'm reading too much into the feature. But I think it has to be taken in context with Facebook's recent accusations that Google has been somehow been secretly collecting information about people from Facebook and other social networks without their permission or their knowledge. Exami [...]


Privacy, Profit & The Emergence Of Google’s “Evil Twin”

There's a funny and satirical 1989 British film called "How to Get Ahead in Advertising." The movie focuses on an ad executive, played by actor Richard E. Grant, who experiences an ethical and mid-life crisis. He develops a boil on his neck, which grows into a literal head (a kind of evil twin) and eventually takes over. That struck me as a kind of metaphor for Google today. Indeed, it would would appear there are now "two Googles." One is a socially conscious company that develops great products and stakes out bold, consumer-centric public positions. The other, Google's boil or "evil twin, [...]


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