There are also a significant number of people who regard Google’s services as the extent of their Internet experience. Google provides them with Gmail, Google Calendar, Youtube, Picasa, Blogger and, most importantly, Search. As the dominant search engine Google has become synonymous with Internet search, so much so that the word “Google” has become a verb. Google influences a significant portion of most Internet users’ online experience and that influence is bound to increase as Google incorporates more and more social elements into its services including Friend Connect and its Open Social implementations.
Facebook’s and Google’s traffic trends are also beginning to merge (at least Facebook’s is as it grows by roughly 5 million users a week):
Google’s license and Facebook’s current content license are similar in many ways but, on the whole, Google’s is preferable as it is somewhat narrower. Facebook’s proposed license in the Statement is a definite improvement over its current license and, in some respects, it is an improvement over Google’s license.
I didn’t include Google’s or Facebook’s privacy policies in this comparison and I would like to do that in a further post. There are concerns about how Google and Facebook handle users’ personal information so this is an important issue, especially given that between Google and Facebook, they know quite a lot about us and about our habits and preferences.
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