Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th May 2011 21:10 UTC
In the News What about a little Nixonian intrigue? A respected public relations firm has been caught executing a secret smear campaign against Google to large media outlets, trying to make Google looks bad (or worse, depending on your point of view). Who hired this firm to do this? You'd think Microsoft or Apple, it's right up their alley - but no, it's actually Facebook.
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RE: Large Corporations
by Morgan on Fri 13th May 2011 05:40 UTC in reply to "Large Corporations"
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I think you and melkor down there should compare notes.

Oh wait I get it, you two are proving your point by both posting similar conspiracy theories! Smooth.


Okay all this conspiracy nonsense aside, is anyone really surprised by Facebook's actions? After all, Google has openly admitted to scraping data from other services before, and FB is pretty late to the "let's attack Google" party. I figured something like this would have happened a long time ago.

And it does bother me sometimes how much info both companies have on me. Facebook knows who all my friends, coworkers and alumni are, which ones I am truly friends with (the ones I interact with the most), who my girlfriend is, my email address, which genres of movies, music and books I like, my political and religious views, and so on. If they were to peruse my daily message conversations with my girlfriend they would know much more intimate (not that kind of intimate you perv!) information too, such as where I went and what I did that day, my feelings about a lot of things and anything else we talk about since it's somewhat of a long distance relationship.

On the other hand, Google knows everything I've ever been curious about. They have all my email messages, most of my wireless chats, my home's exact GPS coordinates, what kind of car I drive and its state of repair (I look up parts, it's an older "mechanic's dream" car), which news stories interest me, which apps I use on my phone, and so much more.

Now, imagine if the two companies were to merge one day. There would be very little the new company wouldn't know about us, and perhaps a lot that we don't know ourselves. The combined knowledge, especially for users who go all in with both services, would be near-omniscience regarding that person's life.

I think I understand my dad's extreme aversion to using either service. He won't even install Chromium on his computers, he feels that Google still might be able to see where he browses, innocent as his queries are.

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