| 1:09 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|"It’s changed somewhat – it now resides at a site called “Focus On The User” and credit is given to engineers at Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace..." |
So they are all collaborating to poke 'ol Google in the eye. It will be interesting to see when (not if) this hack surfaces.
| 3:42 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)|
From the FAQ:
|Our code is open source, so anyone may turn this into a browser extension |
Scroll down for the link to the .js file: http://www.focusontheuser.org/faq.php
| 4:33 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)|
how about goog forcing / tricking new users into creating a G+ account
goog has slipped the G+ stuff in there so good new gmail users are unknowingly creating an account that will be out in the public facing web.
| 5:45 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Whether it's GoogleBook or FacePlus, to "focus on the user" means:
Phase 1: Lock them in
Phase 2: Mine their data
Phase 3: Profit
Pots and kettles spring to mind.
| 12:18 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
>> Pots and kettles spring to mind.
Not exactly. Facebook is a social network and it has always been that. Users should have been aware that by creating a Facebook profile, you were signing yourself up to a social network.
Google, on the other hand, is trying to exploit its monopoly in search combined with their popular mail product to force users into a social network. Forcing users to use Google Plus is against the very grain of Google's slogan and supposed philosophy.
I think you can compare this to Microsoft forcing new users of their OS to use Internet Explorer as a first step.
| 1:27 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Resistance is futile.
I saw an interesting article on the effect all this SPYW is having on the quality/relevance of G search. Sarah Lacy wrote an "op-ed" at pandodaily titled "Google: Do Yourself a Favor and Just Come Clean Already". The URL is: [pandodaily.com...]
| 2:10 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|Facebook is a social network |
I thought it was a data mining business that makes its profits from advertising.
Must get out more.
| 5:15 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
@albo, the comments on that page contain the best defenses of Google I have heard so far:
| 7:46 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|New Google Accounts Require Gmail and Google+ |
That's from the Google registration page, Google+ is now mandatory too (they also ask gender question despite being constitutionally offensive, wth!?!).
Tick, tock... It's a good time to launch a new email service imo.
| 8:40 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
You can remove Google+ features from your Google account. I assume this means its enabled by default for new accounts?
| 10:40 am on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Sorry, my last question is answered in one of the linked posts: you can still delete your profile, but its apparently created by default (albeit fairly empty) when you create a Google account.
Still a lot less evil and Facebook's constantly changing privacy settings, but not the standard they set themselves.
To me the big issue is Google+ results in the SERPS as opposed to other social networks. I would rather see neither.
| 4:49 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)|
That bookmarklet is now a Firefox add-on. Just search in addons for 'dont be evil'
| 6:29 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)|
"use another search engine"