Google: So Not Being Evil

I am getting sick and tired of these sensationalist videos saying Google is evil. Part of the reason has to do with the fact that I’ve BEEN HAD this hypothesis for at least 3 years now, via John Battelle’s (5 year old!) book, The Search. Does anybody read these days? I guess not. Anyway. Battelle breaks it down, asserting that 1984‘s Big Brother won’t be our government, but it will be Google (or, a company like Google).

Sure, I get a little paranoid about the GOOG every now and then, but for the time being I think they’re bringing some efficiency to my life. Web-based e-mail was horrible before GMail came on the scene. HORRIBLE. Google Voice is awesome. Sure, they mess up on things like Buzz privacy glitches, and the utter uselessness of Wave, but nobody’s perfect. I must be drinking the kool-aid because I truly think Google is just trying to organize our lives, not take them over and turn us into drones.

Video spotted at 5thirtyone.

4 thoughts on “Google: So Not Being Evil”

  1. Too funny… I was just thinking about 1984 when I came upon your blog by way of… I have to admit, I do depend on Google to keep my personal life organized. Lol…

  2. I was using AOL when GMail was first introduced. GMail’s endless storage, efficient search capability and the ability to retrieve and send mail from other accounts was enough to persuade me to make the transition. The Buzz privacy glitch was quite disturbing. It was unequivocally clear that legal advice was either not provided or not adhered to. It reminded me of Plaxo’s decision to similarly add a social media component without notice. Despite the Buzz failure, I couldn’t imagine life without Google.

    1. I think a lot of people forget what the terrain was like before GMail came along, and think the other webmail products were a good competitor. That may be true NOW, but best believe most webmail services weren’t even thinking about making things easier on us until GMail came along with the ill offerings and everyone else had to step their game up. Yahoo was definitely on some BS with coming out with a premium email product. I can’t even fathom paying for the email storage I use now lol.

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