The news that U.S. District Judge James Ware plans on issuing an order for Google to turn over private information about the users who utlize the search giant has the blogosphere in a tizzy right now. To be fair, most anything that includes the word Google in it tends to throw everyone in a fit and overshadow anything else going on in the world at that moment. Any kind of Google news usually outshines everything in the tech community but Apple events. There’s a good reason for that, too. Google puts out great products. Apple puts out great products. See a trend here?
You know, as long as Google isn’t turning over anything about my credit card information (which they don’t have anyway), I don’t care what they do. People are in an outrage about Google turning over private information such as search terms, but who cares? Do you REALLY care if the government knows that you typed “Pamela Anderson” into a search engine? The reason the government is asking for this information is to both protect our kids and to make it tougher for children to access adult material, and that seems like a good idea to me.
I’m not a fan of the Bush administration, but they’re in the right on this one. Google needs to stop acting like they’re better than Microsoft, Yahoo and the rest, when in reality they’re simply another gigantic media company. They’re not the cool kids on the blog anymore; they’re the two spoiled rich kids who live in the mansion on top of the mountain that casts a shadow on your tiny hours during the blazing mid-day sun. While Google still presents the best search engine out there, they’ve diversified so much and into so many different categories that they cannot simply be proclaimed as cutting edge. They’ve joined the big boys, and they need to act like the big boys.
Besides, it’s a little strange for Google to be acting all high and mighty about dealing with the American government when they’ve eagerly climbed into bed with the communist Chinese government.