Did you notice? Google have become the biggest social networker.
About a year ago, Google and Facebook had a “fight” over data sharing. Facebook simply doesn’t want to share its users information.
So, somewhere in the middle of last year Google launched Google+ to the public. It looks like Google is taking on Facebook.
I’m just happy that I can have my data exported out for my personal safe-keeping (in case Google fail).
Next it replaces over 70 different privacy policies across Google and replaced them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read.
It makes a lot of sense to do that. Think about it, Google have lots of products. With so many privacy policies there will bound to be inconsistencies.
With that, time and effort (which means money) have to be committed to explain the inconsistencies or make changes to it. Then it will conflict with another set of policies.
Google might just ended up in a vicious never-ending circle of resource sucking privacy policies issues.
Some users did get terrified at the thought that a corporate giant have all their data. As usual you have the “protesters” and “screamers” telling everybody it’s an outrage.
In fact, they and all of us have choices.
- Don’t want YouTube? There’s always Vimeo.
- Think that Gmail is spying on you, you could use either Yahoo or Hotmail.
- Google docs? Well you can use Zoho.
There are alternatives. For me, I find Google services incredibly useful. I haven’t bought Microsoft Office suite since I use Google Docs.
So how did Google became the biggest social networker?
It simply asks users to link their social networks to Google+. You can link to nearly everything, from your Twitter to Facebook to Flickr. You can even put in the blogs that you contribute to.
Even in YouTube channel, there are big buttons for Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Google remains true to its roots. It’s a search engine company, first and foremost.
What’s your reaction? Are you happy? Worried? Or even outrage?