Google is used by many (ok by most) people. Whether you utilize the search service, email, photos, social networking, docs, advertising, analyzing your website traffic, to even your Android phone. Google does it all. And why do we use these services? Well… they are free! And they work!
Some quick stats: In the U.S. alone Google has 65% of Americans using it’s search services alone. In Europe that number is closer to 90%. In 2011 over 150 million people in the U.S. searched on Google. Along with YouTube Google isn’t hurting. To say Google dominates the Internet is an understatement.
I personally use a TON of Google Services. Google+, I own a Google Android Phone, use Gmail, Analytics to check out web traffic (bring on the traffic!), AdSense to display ads on my website, Google Docs to store some documents online, Fireburner the free RSS/Email service, YouTube, and even more I won’t bore you with. I have even recently linked my Google + to this website as an Author to try and generate additional traffic.
You can find out all of what you currently use at www.google.com/dashboard and sign in with your Google Account.
On March 1rst they will be flipping the switch and combining 60 of their 70 services into the one combined one. Google’s answer if you don’t like the new policy?
What Does this All Mean Though?
What this means is they are going to take all of that information that they currently have on the populace (again check your www.google.com/dashboard to get an idea) and make it searchable. Even though Google states that they are committed to our privacy. How can they be so sure it will remain Private if they toss it into the wild?
This started last month when they integrated Google+ with their search services. I was OK with this. They needed to do something like this to try and overcome the dominance FaceBook has when it comes to Social Media. Plus if I linked my site as an author to Google + I have the possibility of generating additional traffic. And… I like Google + sort of.
But after I did this – my searches were a mess. I had to fire up Internet Explorer where I wasn’t logged into Google to start seeing relevant search data. I can just imagine what will happen when they decide to turn the switch on to integrate everything. I will have to go 30 pages deep just to see the content I was looking for to begin with.
This is why I don’t use Bing or Yahoo as it is. I want straight no nonsense search results for what I am looking for.
It will be interesting to see how this works for us and for Google. Google has always been the company we want to like and work with. But now? Who knows what the future will bring. Will it be the end of the Internet? Or will Google become the Walmart of the Internet? I doubt it. Google is still the same company it was before it changed it’s policy. Plus it has always stated it wanted to combine and integrate everything into “one cohesive product”. So we will wait and see if the internet geeks flee like lemmings or keep using their services. (Because… really what other options do we have except Apple?)
This is all starting to look like a Monopoly? So the whole motto “Google – Don’t be Evil” maybe needs to be changed “Google – Were a Bunch of Assholes Because We Own Your Ass Now”? We will find out March 1rst!
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