Poll 4 May 13 – Do you use Google Now?

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  • #703
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    Discuss this week’s poll here. Personally, I love Google Now!

    #711
    Christian
    Christian
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    I use their services which don’t require registration such as the search engine, maps, etc.

    I figured the poll was asking more about G+, docs, mail, etc. so I voted no.

    #725
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    Google Now is actually a separate product:

    http://www.google.com/now

    It does require a Google account.

    #726
    Christian
    Christian
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    Oh boy, looks like I’m really out of the loop. When I looked back at your first post above I finally noticed that Now was capitalized and it hit me.

    It certainly looks Google-ish, i.e. leveraging a vast data-mining operation to craft free services which feed back into the mountain of data. I’m sure it’s a very useful service and all but I value my privacy a little too much to be interested in all this cloudy stuff right now.

    #733
    Nick Francesco
    Nick Francesco
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    All our information is out there whether we like it or not. Just being on the Internet puts a lot more information out there than you or I should be comfortable with. Short of unplugging entirely, I figure I might as well get some benefit out of what Google knows.

    #738
    Christian
    Christian
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    We have some control over how much info is collected. For example with Google, they can collect my individual queries but it won’t do them much good unless they have a way to link them. They could use my IP address but they won’t because it changes from time to time and I could move locations, etc. They could tie them together using a cookie except I’m blocking cookies from Google and other sites engaged in profiling web users. Actually for most of them I’m blocking the entire site at the DNS level. But I don’t think it has to be all or nothing. I’ve choosen a point on the scale with a comfortable balance between privacy and service. To each his own.

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