No more trips to adult bookstores?

3 Jul

Online stalking has never been this realistic.

So, Google, looks like you’re close to finding me. Great. No more hide-and-seek (and search) and offline hideouts. You’re such a big bully with a big attitude – and I think I’m liking it.

Google wants to “photograph every corner of the earth,” including cities, campuses, even neighborhoods. Google Street View, the project, is an improvement of the bland Google Maps. If farms can be replicated online, why not streets?

But I have a few issues with Street View:

1. It’s scary.

Earth would be less crazier. People will have to maintain their public “acceptable” selves for fear of being caught on cam. Like these girls:

Sunbathing babes

No more off-beach sunbathing. No more impulsive trips to adult bookstores:

Adult Book Store

No more.

2. Abuse is on its way to victory.

Attorney Richard Blumenthal, attorney general of Connecticut, saidStreet View cannot mean Complete View — invading home and business computer networks and vacuuming up personal information and communications.”

Apparently, Google’s cars and bikes have been collecting unprotected data through WiFi networks. These “data” include emails, personal information, and the quality of wireless networks. Everything that’s sent through WiFi, their cars and bikes can capture. Good thing their roving data monsters are yet to take over the territory of our favorite ice cream vendors and puto honkers. If that happens, I might seriously consider switching to cable DSL, even if that means no net surfing in the CR.

3. Street View must stay on the streets.

A combination of the two points mentioned: Street View should photograph streets, and should limit its business to taking photos. Period. End of business.

If there’s one thing that Google did strategically appropriate though, is that it opened another door in making technology more acceptable. Here, we can see real people at work, real men and women on bikes while doing something high-tech. This is a reminder that the internet is still run by humans. The internet is a tool – not a sport, not a lover, not even close to a mother-in-law.

Street View is just one of the many steps in developing the internet into the Outernet. According to Proximity Worldwide and TrendONE, the Outernet phenomenon merges reality and virtuality. Links, search, and all other functions of the internet are being “transferred to physical objects.” Bikes can now be utilized to make virtual maps, well, to grab data too. Ice cream vendos can now determine your mood.

What makes Unilever’s attempt successful is it’s being grounded on sharing. Google must be too trapped in the communication evolution that it must resort to passively collecting data from people – no creators, just passive methods. What new social media teaches us is that people are willing to share information and content in exchange of an experience. The experience can be intellectually stimulating, or just plain engaging.

The result? Not just a revolutionary point-of-purchase experience, but a revolutionary experience. Period.

Experience is everything. Engagement is everything. Bridging the gap between the offline and the online through the Outernet may be the solution to our social, offline dilemmas.

But oh! Before I forget, another thing that Google made right by coming up with Street View:

Breaking in

a crime in progress caught on Street View cam


11 Responses to “No more trips to adult bookstores?”

  1. slightlydillydallying July 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Google’s Street View is an overly ambitious project not because it’s difficult to execute, rather it increasingly alarms people of its threat to privacy. As an average reasonable person, I think the proponents of this project must get the consent of ALL the stakeholders before they actually pursue this. Without the approval of those who will be affected or involved, Google’s endeavor will inevitably garner criticism from the public.

    • Gel July 14, 2010 at 12:09 am #

      I agree, Diane. Though it’s hard to get everyone’s permission just to pursue the project, they should have just at least tried to reach a consensus. 😐

  2. Marj Casal July 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    I agree with Diane P. If Google’s aim is a level-up version of Maps, it shouldn’t work that way. The photos/videos should be people-less, just the streets or the actual place.

    And the collection of personal information running through WiFi is just a no-no. This is not even close to Facebook where the users are registered and willingly upload their photos and information but when news spread before that anything uploaded to Faceboook will be Facebook’s property got a lot of protests and violent reactions. What more if the information are just being stolen from them? Boo, Google!

    • Gel July 14, 2010 at 12:10 am #

      Maybe people should stop criticizing SNS for their privacy issues. Those bicycle people are way more scary. No screens in between. Gahd.

  3. Jet Tumang July 4, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    How ironic that the freedom one gains cost as much as the privacy one loses. However, the technology we have right now is inanimate by itself–innately it isn’t bad or good. It’s up to the people whether they use technology for evil or for good.

  4. barrycade July 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    excellent post on social media and in its impact on people’s privacy and security.

    can’t agree more with Jet when he said that there are costs to freedom, one of which is losing our privacy. And Google is leading the pack, if not the only one, in blurring the line between what is relevant info from what is invasion of one’s privacy. its new project is ambitious alright and maybe helpful in some ways (like for tourists) but it does raise some serious questions.

    indeed, these are exciting times, and quite frankly, also scary times. 🙂

  5. tamtamisgreat July 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Google just made it public guys. Don’t you know that a guy with some expertise in hacking can simply turn on you webcam and even your microphone so spy on you? Now that’s something to be afraid of. It’s true that “the more you know, the more you worry”. Try to search for this guys.

  6. Karen July 11, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    NOW, THIS IS REALLY SCARY. Although I’m amazed on how they do such thing, I can’t help but be scared of this act of invading our privacy. Unsurprisingly, many others feel the same — they were too scared that they already sued Google. We have the right to be scared! Because for all we know, this might be used by kidnappers and the like to do their evil plans.

  7. Comm Detective Eric Wong July 11, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Interesting way of highlighting how privacy and security issues will continue to become more of a concern if it is not addressed well in the advent of all this new technology.

    I have to say though that Google’s idea is pretty nifty, especially considering that I drive a car to get around Metro Manila. I always think about how easy it’d be to have a map I can easily access through my mobile phone or another device in the car as compared to having to rifle through that large green “MAP” book we’ve had in the car since 1999.

    Nonetheless, the whole issue on privacy still bothers me. And I find myself asking whether driving around Manila without having to worry about getting lost is really worth the risk of having Google take snapshots of our garage.


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