Google going the way of Facebook?

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Google going the way of Facebook?
« on: September 27, 2011, 04:03:47 PM »
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Re: Google going the way of Facebook?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 11:03:39 AM »

* Social networking services of this sort aren't free. True, there is no cash cost associated with signing up. But you are not Google's customer - those are the advertisers, who pay money to get in front of you, based on the sort of things you do online. This means you are an informal employee, paid in kind to generate traffic and to give up information about yourself which can be monetised by Google.

* You cannot join Google Plus anonymously. You must use your real name - and you need at least two words in your name to qualify - and Google will be the final judge and jury of what constitutes your name, and how you're to write it. Google may even insist that you send it a copy of your passport to prove it.


http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/09/22/google-plus-opens-to-everyone-but-do-you-still-want-to-join/

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