You should be scared of Google. I’ve been saying it for years… here are 5 good reasons from Cracked.com
Some people think that ‘Google’ exists to… help them.
These same people think Facebook is a way for people, to, like connect with each other? In their worlds, Schmidt, Page and Zuckerberg are just cool people who got really rich by creating really useful stuff. They don’t care what it means. Jeez, stop getting all serious about it and just, like, use it, mkay?
If you’re one of these people, you couldn’t be more wrong. Sorry to poop your party. Google stopped being about ‘just finding things’ the second Schmidt and Page worked out that being able to know what people were looking for was the goldmine.
The same applies to Facebook. For about five minutes, it was about a guy just trying to be popular with girls. Pretty soon, it was about harnessing that same basic desire in everyone else to create a world that people would pay – a lot – to sell into.
Both these organisations are now so powerful they (along with others like eBay and PayPal) are effectively laws unto themselves, effectively free from control by any body, nation or even groups of nations.
I’ve never visited Cracked.com (strapline ‘America’s only humour & video site since 1958′) before and I came across this piece about why you should be afraid of Google by accident but it’s worth a read.
All I can say is that I hope we’re going to live long enough to regret allowing Google and Facebook to do exactly what they want.