Google offers free services in exchange for knowing everything about you. And when someone knows everything about you, they steer you in any which way
No wonder they are so gosh-danged wealthy. They know exactly what ads to show me so that I'd have a higher chance of possibly spending money. Then
they can go to these companies and say "LOOK! OUR ADS WORK!" which pretty much lets them charge whatever they want for advertising space.
Google knows what videos I watch, because I visit the most popular video-sharing website on the net, which they own. They had Google videos, but
Youtube was just so amazing they had to make it theirs.
They know what I search for on the internet, because I visit the most popular search engine on the internet. It's so popular that the name of the
company has become a verb for "search the internet". They know what I write in my emails and what companies I receive email from, because I use one of
the best email services in existence. A service which they own.
Social networking took the work out of companies trying to find ways to make you part with your money. Now you tell everyone where you shop, what you
like, who you listen to, and photograph where you spend your time. Facebook turned their "like" feature into a full on metric for people and companies
to know how better to profit from you. So Google went and created Google+, which let's you "+" things.
I have a virtual phone number with Google. Now people can call me on my computer and voicemails can be transcribed to text which is saved for me to
peruse later! Google know's who I call and who calls me.
I have a smartphone that let's me do every single one of these things I've already mentioned, on the go! I had to create or link a google account to
that phone just to be able to use it as intended ( by them ). More info for them to stick into the virtual puzzle pieces that is your marketable
There are a number of sites I can not sign into unless I use my Google account, Facebook Account, Twitter Account, or something else. All of these
things profile me, taking every moment of my life and influencing what and where and who I interact with. There's a file on me with everything I've
ever done, even if I don't post pics of me drinking at a bar, invite someone to play Bejeweled Blitz with me, or have some random website ask me to
tell them when and where I was born, provide photographic proof, link to my family members, post pictures of them while I'm at it, and inform the
masses I'm a fan of Depeche Mode.
They already know. They've known from the second I created a Google account. Facebook knew a hell of a lot about me the second anyone I've ever known
in my life joined that site. There is nothing they do not know about you.
These changes in privacy settings exist for one sole purpose: now they don't have to spend the time and money to connect the dots.
You do it for them.
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