Is it my imagination or are Google
steadily taking over the world? The famous
advertising-company-with-a-search-engine are into a vast array of
things - from operating
. They own YouTube
webvertising company DoubleClick
and map planet Earth
and even the stars
in the process of granting themselves the rights to everything
- and cutting themselves in for a cosy 37%
of all e-books
published in the future. What's next, you may be
How about the internet itself
- or at least a key piece of its infrastructure? Last week Google
announced the setting up of their
very own Domain Name Server
So what's left? How about real estate?
Yup, they're moving in there too. On the same day as the DNS
announcement they mentioned they'd soon start mapping
properties for sale in the UK
, causing shares in a property portal
"more than 10% ... the sharpest faller in the FTSE 350 index of
companies for the day". Apparently they already map properties
- the only downside of that being that then you'd have to
live there ...
Now I'm certainly no fan of parasitic real
, but this Googlisation of virtually everything leaves
me a little uneasy. Are we letting one corporation have too much power?
It reminds me of a favourite quote mine;
tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great
men are almost always bad men."
- John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
I know his birth and death dates because I looked him up on ... oh damn