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a bit more on that google thing

Thinking more about Google and where it seems to be going... Don points out Google's big brother potential (and linking to this 'Google as big brother' page). His comments are sensible and to the point (as usual with him). Clearly this could be a worry in the future, but I think Google should be given the benefit of the doubt. Also, these potential problems existed before their Pyra purchase, but of course they are more marked now since they have begun to look more and more like Yahoo! (at least in my opinion) and all that it entails. Regardless of their potential threat to privacy, Google has always treated users well, starting with a simple, reliable service that does what it's supposed to do with no fuss. In any case, what we need is a little more competition in this area, from the likes of Teoma. Otherwise, if Google's not around (or if everyone's paranoid about it), who are you going to trust your searches to? AOL Time-Warner? MSN, or in other words, Microsoft?!?. We should just wait and see, but as things stand now Google is an important independent balancing force in the online world, and their work has been beneficial to the web as a whole.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 20 2003 at 12:49 AM

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