Skip to comments.Google launches all out social networking assault with Google+ (video)
Posted on 06/29/2011 11:58:56 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Social networking has long been Googles white whale. The company has done plenty of dabbling in the space, releasing Orkut, which has failed to catch on in the US, and rolling out Buzz to the relative indifference of its massive user base. Announced today after seemingly endless leaks, Google+ represents a major push for the software giant. The service began showing itself to a smattering of users last night, as a black bar across the top of various of the companys properties. A +You button on the far left of the bar currently brings you to the services landing page, offering a tour of the many features that fall under the Google+ umbrella. Get to know the services better after the break.
Continue reading Google launches all out social networking assault with Google+ (video)
nope, google has no respect for peoples privacy.
Good point. Being on FB is bad enough. There’s bots that scrub their data to sell to emoployers. I could just imagine what Google would do.
Facebook is better?
Google will eliminate the middleman and mine all data all the time all on their own.
google is far worse than FB, and FB is bad.
When will people learn THEY are NOT and NEVER WILL BE the true customers, true partners with either Google or FB.
You, the people, are the commodity that is sold to the true customers and partners of outfits like Google and FB.
The world of advertising, personal data-mining and selling, the customers of advertisers, and anyone with enough money wanting to know anything about you, for profit or otherwise. Those are the social and business partners of the likes of Google and FB.
No thanks, Goog, I have a life and it’s none of your damned business.
Some items of comparison with Face Book.
Plus they’re in bed with the Chicoms.
The word on the street is Google+ has great privacy settings. Of course that’s now. What happens when they have 50 million people’s info to sell.
Very good point. I think I’ll put that on my facebook thought of the day.
Yeah so. The key is don’t tell them anything. Or take advantage of what you do tell them. The nice part about targeted advertising is you get to find out stuff you might actually care about.
I had to deactivate my FB account. Lots of people from my past on there; the ones that wanted to talk to me were people I found I didn’t want to talk to any more, and the few I did want to talk to I’m already talking to by e-mail and phone.
The whole experience was depressing and disturbing. I really didn’t like it.
Great privacy settings but who controls the data? Google controls the data and they believe there is no such thing as privacy. All your data belong to them.
First, that does not happen in my case; I don't see ads. I do not decide I want something by not knowing what I want in the first place, seeing an ad and deciding I want that. I first learn of something after I have decided I want to consider getting a type of thing and then decide to go look for it. Until then, I do not see the ads.
I don't agree with their business model because I don't agree with their personal data mining and collection in the first place.
I do not believe it will have a benevolent end, in the end and I see the "targeted" ad aspect as simply a means of trying to convince people to accept it - "for their own good". It;s not. It's strictly for google and FB "good".
I block the ad ads, but there’s still plenty of advertising that comes through if you “like” pages. For instance in recent weeks I’ve found out about a new collection from Iron Maiden, some new Nick Cave projects, and a cool Queen documentary on Bio channel, all from “liking” properly. Not “ads” in the purest sense of the word, but they get into my feed and I like that.
Data mining is a part of our post computer chipped world. Every transaction you participate in, in meat space or on the web, creates data that gets mined, and a truly significant chunk of that data gets tracked right to you. It’s something all businesses wanted to do before computers but the amount of data generated and analysis wanted was just too much to be done by hand for most places. Now in the computerized world programs get written and weeks worth of data can be crunched in dozens of ways in an overnight batch.
The targeted ads aren’t for us, they’re for advertisers. The holy grail of advertising is only spending money to reach people that actually will buy and wouldn’t have otherwise. Targeted advertising is the first half of that. Of course FB and Google do it strictly for their own good, they’re in business strictly for their good. When my company sells you our enterprise level communication software we don’t do it for your good, or for your customers’ good, we do it for our good. Now it just might help you out, and it might even help out your customers, but that’s NOT why we sold it to you. That’s called business. Doing stuff strictly for the customers’ good is called charity, it doesn’t pay as well.
thanks Ernest. I’ll pass, even though I’m not too thrilled with FB’s updates at times.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.