Google Gets Too Personal? - The UpStream

Google Gets Too Personal?

posted Saturday Jan 30, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Google Gets Too Personal?

For years Google has been the leading search engine out there. Just type in a fragment of the information you're looking for and bam! Well, Google may be getting "too good" at searching the web. I know, it doesn't seem possible for a search engine to be "too good" but now that Google searches will include social networking sites, it may be a bit too personal.

In the last year, some select Google users were introduced to a new way of searching the Internet, which allows you to link your social profile to Google and then gives your friends the ability to view information linked to your social networking page before all other web results.

Many users are thrilled to hear about this development, but for those who aren't, there's a way around it. For sites like Facebook, the largest social networking site out there, tightening your privacy settings will keep other from viewing more than you approve of.

Google has decided to include this option because they believe "this is just a first step in our ongoing effort to ensure that Google Web search is always as social as the Web itself."

Looks like Google is trying to get their foot in the door when it comes to social networking. We'll see how this turns out.


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