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Thursday, February 2, 2012

G Creep

Recently I have heard a few mentions about Google's "creepy" factor. It was mentioned on TWIG #63 and by Dave Winer from Scripting News. A friend called the other day, to discuss leaving Gmail for another email service. I asked what was the issue, he said he did not like Google reading his email. I pointed him to this Google page, he said it still felt creepy, that his email was being read, whether by human or bot.
I wonder how many users will be creeped out by Google's ad tactics and consolidated Privacy Policy. Or how many users never read Privacy Policies and are used to cluttered websites, so will never even notice. I have had certain Googley things I did not like, but; they never felt creepy. This will be interesting to watch going forward, to see if Google manages to creep me out.