The competition between Google and Facebook has been growing more aggressively over the years. Google and Facebook are the most popular websites in the world, with Google being the top site, and Facebook ranking in second. The main source of income for both comes from targeted advertising. They both provide users with services free of charge in exchange for personal information. Google provides us with useful tools, but at the same time, they get to track how we use those tools and what we use them for.
Facebook has a status box that says “what’s on your mind?” and that’s exactly what they want, to know what’s on your mind. On Facebook, people put their personal information such as their name, place of work, schools, and even who their friends and family are. User’s post links on their page and click the “Like” button of things they are interested in. This valuable information that we hand over to Google and Facebook is then exploited and monetized.
Now, I enjoy using both Google and Facebook as they have become a part of my daily life, but I understand the trade-off I’m making while doing so. We are putting our good faith in these companies and trusting that they will not invade our privacy, but they already do. We just provide them the personal information for them to do so, entrusting them to use it ethically.
I believe that Facebook is all Google needs to take over the world. It may sound like an overstatement but a powerful social network like Facebook will help Google accomplish its goal of organizing the world’s information. I predict that a merger between the two internet giants will be orchestrated sometime in the future because the combination of their technologies will make out to be a more proficient tool to know everything they need to know about you.
The only thing that concerns me is the possibility of this information getting into the wrong hands. Hitler used the European Census in his conquest across Europe; imagine how much worse it would’ve been if he had access to the information Facebook and Google have about us.