Originally Posted by portia
Recently, it's been quite popular to slag off google (they deserve it). I know they gather a lot of information about us. Being in conversation with some friends I could not give any specifics about it. I'd like to improve it.
1. How EXACTLY do they gather information about us? Any examples? What kind of information?
2. Gathering info about us is one thing, but do you know if/how they actually use it (for their profit/to our disadvantage)?
Similar thing about Facebook. How do they benefit from gathering info about us? Any examples?
It's bad when you criticize someone/something without providing any actual examples. I'd like to change it when I discuss it with my friends.
Is google/facebook really using the gathered data to their financial/other advantage or they are just POTENTIALLY capable of doing it?
I think they are able to gather information because once you write something on the internet and submit, it's like it's being published in a newspaper and it will always be there. Unless an administrator deletes it all.. or the entire site. Since that is not very likely, much of our information is out there floating around in code waiting to be deciphered and whatever.
do they use it to our advantage or not? that kind of opinion based. they use it to get us to buy more stuff, advertising, whatever we already like, they know about and they know how to get us to buy or want or even "need" more -- so it's you opinion -- then there's the identity stealers, the fact that your address and picture are posted in the same place, and any stalker or rapist can easily find you.
There are numerous ups and downs -- just to stay "connected" without using your voice. it's weird.
my only example is when you have added your interests and all that, once you've logged in and are on the "wall" homepage, there are ads to the right, geared toward your likes, or area that you live in. you gotta decide if that's good or bad.