Is Google Falling into the Privacy Invasion Pit?

Less than a month ago, Google started getting smacked in the face about its new yet flawed Buzz service and its privacy concerns. Now, just a few weeks after, Google faces storm over the naked child on Street View followed by criticism for showing images of the secret SAS headquarters!

By now, we are more than used to hearing about Facebook’s carelessness towards our privacy and Twitter’s scams and hacks. However, when privacy campaigners, such as Alex Deane of Big Brother, start slamming Google by saying: “Where there’s one example like this, there will be many others,” one can not but wonder:

Will this be a growing trend for Google now? Has Google taken on the road to falling into the pit of privacy invasion, causing its credibility to falter and its glorified image to darken?

I sure hope not… And Google fans seem to be defending of Google up to this second, regardless of the criticism it is facing.

Google Joke

Google Joke

Google mapping and street views are great. It is the self righteous prats who are the problem. They complain about everything under the guise of privacy“. Paul

If these things happen in public, it’s not unexpected that once in a while they will be photographed inadvertently. Google didn’t deliberately take the photograph, possibly they should have checked their images for such things before making them public, but this is hardly newsworthy.” Malcom

* The comments of Paul and Malcom were taken from the original news article this post was built upon.

What Can Google do to Redeem itself?

At this point, I think a comprehensive, well-planned social media campaign can help Google polish its image in front of its current and potential audience. It is cheap and effective at this stage of damages.

However, after a while, Google will need serious image repair – a plastic surgery – and that will cost it way more time, effort and money, and it might not pay off even then!

What do you think: Do you think we should be cutting Google some slack? Does Google has a chance to fix the damage done already?

Looking forward to hearing your comments below.

Twitter 360 – A Cool New Twitter App for your iPhone

Twitter 360 is a nifty augmented reality Twitter application for the iPhone 3GS. What the application does beyond the basics is that it makes use of Twitter geolocation information.

The way that the application uses it is by allowing you to check where your friends (people you follow) are, based on the location of their last tweet. It will display your tweeps using Google Maps and indicate their location.

Twitter 360 in action

Twitter 360 in action

The best part of the application is that if you turn your camera on you will be able to see tweets relative to your current location. So, for example, if you have a friend that is physically to your west tweeting, you will be able to turn your phone to the west and see his tweets there. And If a tweep is close by, it will display an arrow pointing to their direction and their distance from you.

Of course, people will have to turn on geolocation on their Twitter accounts to get the most out of this application, and currently only the 3GS is supported because it utilizes its compass facilities.

Now if you are able to ignore the creepy factor of strangers knowing where you are whenever you tweet, this would be a great app. Especially if you follow a lot of local tweeps, and enjoy bumping into them unexpectedly (… or stalking them).

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Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest “victim” being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype.
Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls to all their other numbers. It will also provide them with free conference calling and free voice mail to email services among many others. The service will also offer them ultra-cheap outgoing calls. if Google adds support for SMS and MMS it will allow the customer to completely circumvent the mobile operators per minute tariff and in general might do to mobile operators what the mobile did to the land line.

Google Maps Navigiation for Android 2.0 is for Free [video]

Isn't it always frustrating how dumb GPS navigation systems tend to be? How disconnected and pedantic they can be when you are trying to find a place? Well the all mighty Google is once again promising the moon, and it seems like they might just be able to deliver.

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