Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
Google Well, here we have another attempt. After the failure of the overly complicated Google Wave (remember that? It was supposed to change the world and all that), Google is undertaking another attempt at social networking. It's called Google+. Update: Forget the crap I wrote here, this article is seven pages on insider information on Google+. Surprised by the beautiful interface? It's been designed by Andy Hertzfeld. The Andy Hertzfeld.
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RE: Google? What's that?
by molnarcs on Wed 29th Jun 2011 14:56 UTC in reply to "Google? What's that?"
molnarcs
Member since:
2005-09-10

Oh right. I remember now. That's the search engine I used to use until I switched to DuckDuckGo.com because of privacy concerns with Google. And it's the email service I used to use before I switched to gmx.com because I got sick of Google scanning my private email to target advertising at me. And now it's the social networking site I won't use for the same reason I don't use Facebook.


Good for you. Now tell me - have you ever suffered any damages by using any of the google services you are so adamant of staying away from? Did gmail kill your puppy or sth? What's wrong with targeted, non intrusive text only advertising?

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RE[2]: Google? What's that?
by pantheraleo on Wed 29th Jun 2011 17:10 in reply to "RE: Google? What's that?"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

What's wrong with targeted, non intrusive text only advertising?


Email is private. End of story. Full stop. Google has no business at all scanning my private email to build an advertising profile about me. Unfortunately, there are no laws to protect consumers against this kind of thing when it comes to email, as there are with snail mail.

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RE[3]: Google? What's that?
by cmchittom on Wed 29th Jun 2011 19:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Google? What's that?"
cmchittom Member since:
2011-03-18

Email is private. End of story. Full stop.


Why?

That's a serious question, incidentally. System administrators have always been able to read your mail, absent some use of cryptography. My workplace has a policy that I agreed to as a condition of employment that I have no expectation of privacy in (amongst other things) my work email. Why is it some sort of moral(?) imperative that email be private in all cases?

Google has no business at all scanning my private email to build an advertising profile about me.


Since Google does in fact have a business doing exactly that, I'm guessing that you're arguing that they should not scan email. Again: why? It's not like the people using GMail (myself among them) don't know what's going on. If they're willing to provide me with an email service in exchange for scanning my email and showing me ads, and I'm okay with that, why shouldn't Google be in that business?

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RE[3]: Google? What's that?
by marcus0263 on Thu 30th Jun 2011 01:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Google? What's that?"
marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

That's why I use a "paid" service, it's inexpensive (rather cheap actually), they don't data mine and respect your privacy.

Nothing is "free", so if you use a so called "free" service like google, aol, hotmail, etc. they make their money from advertising thus data mine your email.

If you are (like me) value privacy just spend a few bucks and get a paid service. I've been using LuxSci and Fastmail as a backup for years, love them. I only use hotmail and gmail as safe lists.

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