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Gmail is scary sometimes. So, today, I wanted to find a link that [livejournal.com profile] ratzeo sent me yesterday, to send to another friend. So I searched for his name in Gmail. Found the conversation, sent the link to the other friend, and returned to my inbox. All normal.

Of course the ads at the top of my inbox have changed, since I returned to it after the search.

I should point out - the link that I was looking for has nothing to do with Spiderman. Nothing about Spiderman was said in the conversation. Nothing at all was said in this conversation, in fact, except the URL, and me saying "oh, that's awesome."

And yet, Gmail still knew that [livejournal.com profile] ratzeo is, in fact, Spiderman. You might have to kill it, Sean. It knows. XD

Sure, it probably really just saw that the link in question was to a webcomic. But... Spiderman. ♥

Date: 2008-10-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratzeo.livejournal.com
Victory Spider Dance!

Date: 2008-10-24 05:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rivendellrose.livejournal.com
*Shakes head* I just... thought you should know. ;)

Date: 2008-10-24 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelies.livejournal.com
I just watched a documentary on Google a few days ago. I'm much more comfortable with them than with most companies, I've got to say, but they still are potentially very scary.

Date: 2008-10-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rivendellrose.livejournal.com
It's funny - I recognize that they've got all the potential to be really scary, but I completely fail to be afraid of them. They're... I don't know. Google! I have a feeling there's a lot to be said about that, from a psychological standpoint - for a huge corporation with their claws in a lot of personal information, they have managed to successfully train us to trust them and feel warm and fuzzy about them. That's really pretty impressive.

...And, now that I really think about it, a bit unnerving.

On the other hand, I can't help thinking that a world run by Google might not be all that bad. A sure sign that they've completely subverted me. ;)

Date: 2008-10-24 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelies.livejournal.com
Yes to all that.

I like that their slogan apparently is "Don't be evil". That really sums it up for me.


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