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[edited by: tedster at 1:18 am (utc) on Nov. 9, 2006]
can't wait till they reach a large user base with consumers - google always does a fine job (or at least better than others) in whatever they do.
That may be but the same could be said for purchasing your electricity or your beer. Care to debate the number of ways your spending and use habits are tracked by other businesses or the government?
For Pete's sake, it's a tool! Yes, we should all know the risks of data collection and what Google might do with the data they collect but the benefits could be quite significant. So what if they garner some knowledge from our use of their products? You register a car and you're in the system. Do you have a credit card? Do you think that your usage isn't tracked? Hello? What about the data you gather from your own website? It's a bit hypocritical to condemn Google when we're doing the same thing - we're just not as clever and capable as they are.
Consider that the number one search engine on the planet has decided to focus some of their time and effort on a universal issue - the checkout. From what we've seen of Google they have a track record of testing a variety of tools and services. Most of them are arguably quite useful. I like this aspect of Google. Smart business sense in my opinion and I hope they produce a useful service from what they learn. Why criticize them for trying something new? Especially when we know the braintrust and business sense they can bring to bare on the issue? I for one support their efforts 200% and hope they develop a product that is universally accepted and embraced! Do I want it to be the ONLY solution? No way. But I'm completely open to having a new option.
[edited by: lorax at 12:10 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2006]
Do I think they are watching me specifically no but the completeness of the data they have is staggering, and they have a lot of smart people who could put things together in a lot of interesting ways.
"We may use and share your information with other members of the Group to help us and them:"
"We may transfer your information to other countries. If we do this we will ensure that anyone to whom we pass it provides an adequate level of protection."
"From time to time we may change the way we use your information"
This is a free ticket to sell your information to whoever they want to. I wouldn't use or trust them.
Google by far I feel would be a better place for my personal information.
"We will not sell or rent your personal information to companies or individuals outside of Google."
Google kind of reminds me of a rich kid with a trust fund investing in a lot of cockamamie schemes. (Google's trust fund being their adwords revenue). Eventually, if the beanstalk doesn't grow, they're never going to find another golden goose.
We build and manage hundreds of websites for different companies. We've setup WorldPay, PayPal and Protx.
- PayPal is best for economy but confuses non-web-savvy buyers.
- WorldPay is best for support but costs the most.
- Protx are well priced and quite helpful.
Competition is a great thing, it keeps the others improving. So I like the idea, and yes, Google's track record and brand are big enough to engender confidence in the buyer. For serious business sites I really don't give a stuff about the data issues, its a fair and reasonable trade.
Of course, if Google think the world map is composed of America and Foreign then its a bit primative. Lets see if they improve it.
When google is in competition with ANY company in any field, the leaders in this market would be on their toes and the only beneficiary is we the customers.
The only problem with google and other many many companies is that they think the world is rolling around the US.