Does Google Know Too Much About Us?

Reblogger Lenn Harley
Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372


KAREN ASKS:  "Does Google know too much about us???"

I would say that anyone who expects any privacy today is expressing a wishful thought.


Privacy was in a distant time.  All we have is the memory and from time to time an



Original content by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner BRE# 01494165

This is not news! Google watches our every move. But I wasn't exactly expecting the first Happy Birthday of the day to come from my computer. I get it, I signed up for Gmail and Google Plus with my birthday as part of the registration, but still...kind of creepy. 

I found myself saying "thanks Google."

I don't know if you saw the movie "Her" but it's worth watching. I found it completely believable look into the future when we have more of a relationship with our technology than actual human interaction. Consider this....

  • We text instead of meet or talk on the phone more often
  • We have more Facebook "friends" than actual people we meet regularly
  • We find more and more business online rather than traditional farming/marketing
  • We buy a lot of our goods and services online

You get the point? So as my human contacts are starting to wake up and check in, Birthday wishes and offers of meals out (I swear I could gain so much weight around my birthday), it seems almost proper that the first came from Google.

Thanks Google! I appreciate it! 




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DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

They not only know too much but often share too much.   I try not to put anything online that I wouldn't want shared.   If I shared someone's birth date without signed authorization, I could be in trouble.   Why not Google ?

Oct 12, 2015 03:53 AM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, they know way to much, but if you are going to put yoyrself out there on the net you should expect that.

Oct 12, 2015 04:15 AM #2
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I can't wait until I'm off the grid.  My father stopped using the phone after he retired in the mid-'80's.  I don't blame him.  

Oct 12, 2015 04:43 AM #3
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I missed Karen's original post, so thanks for sharing.  It's sad how little privacy we have.

Oct 12, 2015 05:16 AM #4
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Lenn, I'm old enough to remember when people thought privacy was a huge big deal.  Those days are long gone!  It makes me glad my life isn't a whole lot more interesting!

Oct 12, 2015 07:43 AM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I remember the "right" to an abortion was because they "found" that a right to privacy trumped a right to life! 

So, where is our "right" to privacy now?

Of course Google knows too much.  As does every other search engine.

And gubment agency.

I want my "right" back.

Oct 12, 2015 05:37 PM #6
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Jay.  Too late.  Which, of course, says that folks should pay attention to nominees for the Supremes.

Patricia.  As with all of us here, anyone can follow our lives with a simple Google search.

John.  Sad is just what it is.

Carla.  I don't blame him either.  I'm remotely on the grid, but not directly connected publicly.  Nice alternative.

William.  Indeed.  Indeed.

Sharon.  Birth dates are a matter of public record.  Can't see how that would cause you trouble.

Oct 12, 2015 11:02 PM #7
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Good morning Lenn, thanks for the reblog. I was greeted by many virtual birthday wishes yesterday..Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn...and real people too. lol


Oct 13, 2015 12:20 AM #8
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