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Big Brother, and Google, is watching you…

Google + Orwell
Image by Inmigrante a media jornada via Flickr

I thought it was scary how much information Facebook had on me.  Yeah, right.

Next to Google, Facebook is just almost benign.  Almost.

Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google (which does email, calendars, documents, searches, maps, directions, YouTube,  blogs, and so on), has his eye on you:

“Ultimately, search is not just the web but literally all of your information – your email, the things you care about, with your permission – this is personal search, for you and only for you.”

We can suggest what you should do next, what you care about. Imagine: We know where you are, we know what you like.

“A near-term future in which you don’t forget anything, because the computer remembers. You’re never lost.”

Yeah, a little scary.  What if I want to get lost? Go off the grid, as it were? Remember, this is the same guy that recommended that people change their name if they wanted to escape their online activities.

(Thanks to Josh Blackman for the tip, and for a great blog, too.)