Google Pretending to Care? — Two New Transparency Tools

Government Requests

Corporate Transparency and user information privacy are hot issues on the net, and with bigger and bigger services, people are becoming more aware that their information is not solely accessible by those whom they decide to share it with. Their information might be shared with hackers, nosy friends, and even governments! Google has released a couple of new services that will address privacy issues and raise the level of transparency that Google has about its interaction with the governments of the world.

The Evolution of a Poking Tool

After Google’s scuffles with the Chinese government and their services being banned in mainland China, Google released a monitoring tool that allows it to keep tabs on China’s blocks of its service and helps inform its users of them. The new tool builds on the “up-time monitor” and expands it to provide information about the traffic from about 200 countries, in it you will be able to get updated information about blocks and traffic to 17 Google services including Youtube.┬áSo blockades such as Pakistan’s 10-day censorship of Youtube in protest for the “draw Mohammed Day” in March can be clearly seen using the Transparency Traffic Report tool, data is delayed by 30-hours so that Google can ensure its authenticity before releasing it to the public.

Too Many Social Networks … Too Little Time

It is a tough time to be an internet socialite these days. There are just way too many networks to keep up with and just not enough time to follow all those conversations that are going on all of them. Therefore, it was inevitable that someone would step up and introduce a website that help to make the socialite life a lot easier and allow them to streamline their social media profiles into one place.

We will be looking at 2 such tools which do this in two completely different ways and they have been picking up steam this past year and will probably hit the main stream, with 2 different target audiences.

Gizapage: Social Media Hub

Vanity is definitely in these days. People can get their vanity Urls on Facebook and vanity phone numbers from Google, and now Gizapage steps into the vanity game.



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