Many interesting things are happening in the past week. There is excitement in the words on the web, as well as in videos. Facebook announcing new email feature tomorrow. Personally there are many reasons why I won't make Facebook my default email client and it's because of spam that's gonna happen virally. It's gonna start crazy chain mail spam along with all fake Facebook accounts spamming out the users, like never before. All of this is a wild guess, but let's "face" it, would you thrust Facebook with that much of your private data? Not only that I am not gonna use Facebook email, I am not even gonna send to it. Words Facebook and privacy don't mean anything good to me, when used in the same sentence. Apps hijacking users data, spam problems, privacy breach, the fact that anything you say on Facebook can be used against you on court? And let's not forget how easily it is to loose a password to a hacker, because there is no proper https. So Facebook really thank you for offering us this great new feature of yours, but no thanks 😉 This will go for me personally, okay. But what about other 499 999 999 users (and spambots)? And this whole war with Google on openness. I mean give us a break will you? You are offering email pull to Yahoo and Hotmail, but Google is opted out?
Not much to say about this, but I can sense huge FAIL on this project. Why? Because they are using Hotmail as their email service provider. Gmail and Hotmail are nowhere near comparable. Using Hotmail is like getting back to stone age.
Soon enough, anti monopoly laws will have to come to the web. I don't believe that one company should interfere with that many different online products. It's war for our data and it's in users best interest that we diversify the data, between various online service providers. Google is biggest online monopoly company on the web, they are providing us with: YouTube, Gmail, search results, blogging service, documents, "social networking" (Buzz), let's not forget Google earth and worse of all Android phones. That's insane amount of data that belongs to single company. I can just remember the case when Microsoft lost a case for monopoly over Internet Explorer. That could be one of the best things that happened for PC users. Now we have tons of browsers to choose from, instead of being convicted to just one. Okay, why shouldn't we have many opportunities to use various different online services as well?
Regarding the new "search preview" feature that Google has introduced to it's users last week there is an awesome article on Social Times explaining how this is bad for webmasters. Personally as a webmaster I don't want my readers to read my website on Google instead of my own domain. Who gave you the right to post MY content on YOUR website? I am not a big fan of copyright laws, but I am already trying to find ways to hide my content from search preview. What's the use of being number 1 on Google if no one will visit your site?
Now imagine this trend happening in the online world. Consumer protection should be available on the web as well. Internet giants like Google and Facebook control too much of our data in exchange for free services. We're not paying them, but advertisers are. Never in the history of the world, there was this huge centralization of data in one place. This trend alone scares me off. What kind of government would neglect this kind of privacy breach? This is the subject that all of us should think about.