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Google Vs. Microsoft And Pretty Much Everyone Else

Posted by glassonion on May 1, 2006

So, Google is complaining about Microsoft being unfair for making the default search engine in the search bar in IE 7. Call me cynical, but this to me sounds like one big bully whining about another type of bully for control of their publics “choices”. Ever since Google went public they have slowly but surely been crawling into the subconcious of the internet public. Not as overtly as MS mind you, but in sort of a Jedi mind trick sort of way. For me this started when Google asked me to log into my Gmail by using my “Google Account”. I thought when I signed up for Gmail I was getting just that, an email account. It’s pretty much a sublime version of the MS Passport idea. One login for everything you do online.

The thing about Google is the sneaky way they are going about it. Once you log into Gmail, if you don’t log out Google pretty much tracks everything you do complete with “Personalized Search” history. I don’t remember opting into that one by the way. It’s a borderline deceptive practice I think. As much as they claim that it is for the benefit of the end user, I can’t help but think that it’s just a way to track your every move under the quise of our benefit. Whatever happen to do no evil?

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2 Responses to “Google Vs. Microsoft And Pretty Much Everyone Else”

  1. Pretty hypocritical of Google considering that it is the default search engine in Firefox (haven’t heard of Microsoft complaining about that). In fact, in Firefox, MSN isn’t even an available search engine unless you manually load it into the search bar.

    And you’re right, it’s Google Account does seem very similiar to a Microsfot Passport doesn’t it.

    Lets face it, Google is becoming more and more like Microsoft everyday. “Do no evil”, is a catch cry from the past that has no real relevance to todays Google.

  2. glassonion said

    One thing I will say about Google. They are master marketers. Remember the whole Gmail invites going for $70 on ebay when Gmail first launched? And of course the whole brilliance behind slapping everything with the BETA tag. Pretty much a card blanche to do whatever they want with whatever product they launch, even cover their tracks if there is a hiccup.

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