Floyd is indeed correct here. Google is only using this technology to make money, and nothing in this
life is free. But Google never throws anything away, or deletes it. The "I have nothing to hide"
concept has some risk associated with it. I am sure you are aware of the consequences of some
insurace companies using credit report data to set rates. Nothing to hide there either.
--Original Message Text---
From: Floyd Lozano
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 00:44:09 -0400
I worked at a startup company that created a product which automatically searched, contextualized,
and categorized corporate email. by analyzing content and recipients, you could determine who was
expert in what, and who they knew, how often, and what they corresponded about. It was eerily
accurate. A government agency came to meet with us and showed great interest in our product. This
was in early 2001. Unfortunately, the company folded after a few months, packaged up the technology
and sold it to some unnamed buyer.
1) nothing is free
2) the technology exists to figure you out, and it's not all that hard. A little math. Google uses it to
make money. Governments use it to see if they should raid your house.
The apps you think are free are just another way to get to know you. Google opens up your desk,
pokes around, and figures out what you might like to buy. Tweak your search results a bit. That sort
Anyway, nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide! But maybe think twice the next time you
search on 'Lindsey Lohan wardrobe malfunction' or 'olsen twins swimsuit'.
On 8/14/07, Brett Mason wrote: Hey folks, Google puts up ads. They also
throw in ...
... and lots lots more ...
Did I say FREE yet? So they throw up Ads...
Perhaps you did hear about Google Helicopter yet? It's one of their newest online offerings, but you
have to get an invite for it. It's a stealth surveillance web-app where you can passively utilize stealth
technologies to monitor your property, and particularly follow persons of interest. This is one of the
benefits of the Google cookie snaplet, the DLL code that tracks your actions to identify trends and
actions, separate communications and signatures of those with whom you interact. I have been part
of the Beta test for this, and like the others, find it just one more benefit of using Google's newest
Someday they'll do more for coffee roasting, but for now, protecting my security is enough for me...
On 8/14/07, Larry English < larrylenglish> wrote: Just one more reminder that Google
isn't a content company, it's an advertising company. Every word you type goes into the magic
analyzer and out comes ...
So it goes.
On 8/9/07, Brett Mason wrote: I selected the SPAM folder (on GMAIL) so I
could delete the spam that was moved there. The top banner had an advertizement for "French Fried
Spam" - boy are they creative or what?
On 8/7/07, Floyd Lozano < fplozano > wrote: About the worst that can be said about gmail
is that they scan and categorize the content of your email (anonymously of course) and use it to target
google ads at you. It's always funny to see the various coffee related links next to my emails. Just
don't click them if you don't wanna ;)
On 8/7/07, Amy Bailey wrote: P.S. Another benefit of online e-mail is that
almost no matter where you are traveling in the world, you can check your e-mail. Whether you're
visiting relatives, or in Lima or Bangkok or Cairo, you can check your e-mail. It's a little harder in the
U.S., since we have fewer internet cafe's, but most libraries allow checking of e-mail. For those with
a serious e-mail addiction (myself included) this is a big plus. :)