Google sees you when you’re sleeping, it knows when you’re awake…
If you’re wondering how Google became the megalith that it is today, it’s not just because it’s one of the most useful tools we’ve cooked up since the wheel. Google sells advertising to pay the bills, using what it knows about you to aim certain ads in your direction.
But, the real question is, how much does Google really know about you? In one word: everything. Yes, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Google knows what God you pray to, what your favorite restaurant is, what you read online, what you say to your friends online… You name it. Anything you do on that little computer of yours is documented.
Google knows where you live, where you work, what YouTube video you watched 5 times today, who you’re meeting… Come on, man. Streetview, Gmail, Maps, Waze, Google+, Calendar – There’s an app for everything, and ol’ Google has a finger in just about every pie you can smell. Weird way to put it, I know, but there’s almost no way to adequately emphasize how “in the know” Google has become.
Now, this is pretty cool in a way.
Typically, I only see ads that are somewhat relevant to my interests. It’s nice not to have to scroll through a bunch of Captain Morgan and Marlboro banners all over my news feed, you know? Having ads tailored to your lifestyle is kind of nice when you think about it, because you might actually come across something useful.
On the other hand, Google is like an insanely powerful big brother, monitoring every step you take and every move you make. It is kind of creepy in a sense to know that someone, or something is keeping such meticulous track of you. Privacy is an issue we’ve talked plenty about here at AG, and is often debated when it comes to our use of the internet.
But at the end of the day, I don’t think any harm is being done. So Google remembers your anniversary but your husband doesn’t. Google… cares? Boy, conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one. Break out your tin foil hats and prepare for the end. The reign of the almighty Google has just begun.