I feel cheated by Google

Google 的貼牌冰箱(Google refrigerator)
Image by Aray Chen via Flickr

I got to this post through a fellow blogger, and you can read all about it in my technical blog here. Listen to the video below first before I go about whay I fele this is so serious.

However it is an important topic that I do want to make it available to many people, and as much as I can. This video tells us about what companies like Google and Facebook are doing and how they are writing algorithms so that we get to see based on what we have seen in the past and not really showing us what else exists.

While I see that as a valuable asset, it limits the possibilities where we can know more about something. So, if I am not following world disasters, does that mean if something happens around the world which is a big one I should not know about it. At least they should tell me that I am not seeing that data and it is out there. My concern is not I am getting personalized data, but that I was not made aware that the data is being filtered out. I believe in Google, yahoo news and so many others and noticed that I was getting information on the web, but it seemed I was not and they are not telling me.

I feel cheated. Google should know better and give me an option to select what I want to see – personalized or not. They can not take away my right to information based on how I have been browsing.


I do not have copyrights on the Video, it is courtesy Ted.com