The Googlers Never Sleep

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Posted on March 03, 2003 11:52 AM in Computers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

For the past couple of months I've seen articles popping up here and there across the web concerning Google and privacy. As it turns out, Google has gotten so good and finding stuff that it is actually starting to threaten the privacy of those who use the web and would appreciate it if all the world's Googlers didn't have to know about it. I don't feel too threatened by the issue, as I've known from the day I first started using the web seriously that I was messing with a strange, very open world. I think the initial appeal of the web was that you could get someone in India looking at a purple web page you designed (with the rainbow colored <hr> elements too!) that talked about who you were.

Out of curiosity I did a search on my name today and found some interesting results. There was of course the link to this site in the number one spot (or more specifically, to my web design portfolio...thanks Google) and then my Coldplay site at number two. But then, mixed in with all the random German web pages (thanks to my last name) there was an excerpt of a pyramid scheme I got sucked into (being the stupid teenager I was at the time) and some links to the forums of classes I took at PLU. Already, had someone worked up a vendetta against me, they would have had the means to at least place where I've been over the past few years of my life.

The moral of the story is, be careful of what you do on the web. It isn't a secure, safe place. And if you don't want to be careful, then just know that there are consequences and that the web is watching. The web never sleeps...and neither do the Googlers.

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