Who's Afraid of Google?

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If you can't find answers to your questions, what do you do? You "Google it!" If someone asked you a question and you don't know the answer? You say, "Google it!" The fact that Google has become a vocabulary word of its own, is proof that Google's influence on the public is widespread.

I was a Yahoo user prior to my discovery of Google in 2000. Since then I've used the popular search website as my home page. But if I think I get more information from Google, I should think again. Truth is, Google gets more information about me than I get from Google, and to many, this is a waving red flag that shouldn't be ignored.

According to the New York Daily News, "Google began raising ethical concerns with various projects including mapping the entire planet, archiving classic works of literature and storing newspaper articles. With a project aimed at photographing every street in America and beyond, a feature that tracks the physical location of its users, an e-mail service that searches for keywords in written correspondence -- and now with a new online service that records and transcribes voicemail -- Google has raised eyebrows among privacy advocates."

A lot has been said on Google's "big brother" tendencies and massive data collection, with some even tagging the search giant as "scary" or "evil." But unless my PC levitates on its own and my homepage starts vomiting green goo at me, I will not be scared of Google's quest for world domination.

Because in my opinion, real "evil" lies with those who exploit the information for selfish and wicked purposes, not those who collect it and make it available -- remember the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008?

If fear is the concern, there are other things that come to my mind that will make me run for cover rather than the number of Google applications that multiply faster than the Gremlins or their unnecessary sequels. Below are ten scariest things for me -- scarier than Google's rapid expansion or Michael Jackson. If you want to learn more about the things on my list, the best way is to... "GOOGLE IT!"

Jason's Top 10 Scariest Things (in no particular order):
1. Losing a loved one unexpectedly
2. Dentist
3. Public shootings
4. Jaws
5. Frogs
6. Public speaking
7. Being tortured
8. Plane crashes
9. Regan from The Exorcist
10. Catheters

Good thing I have Psalm 56:11 memorized: “In God I trust, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” as a constant reminder that the key to overcoming fear is a complete trust in God.

(Image © Isaac Lopez and Sarah Feinsmith for the New York Daily News)


Boogie Woogie Google Boy
For the same reasons as Michael Snow, I, too, use GoodSearch as often as possible, currently in support of the US Campaign for Burma.

It’s a lot easier and more natural to say “Google it” than “GoodSearch it”. (And “Yahoo it!” sounds like a dry sneeze). I sometimes wonder if phonetics isn’t the real reason Google became number.

BTW Jason Taylor, is there any truth to the rumor that as an intimidation ploy Japanese flying ace Saburo Sakai named his WWII fighter “Googolplex” simply because the moniker signifies “one, followed by 10>100 Zeros”?
That's very generous of you, Mike, thanks.
Funny, I use Yahoo's GoodSearch which helps support Prison Fellowship.

I avoid google which supports liberal causes.

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