This article is an excellent read for those who are dabbling in “Big Data”. I’m definitely sharing it at work.
These operators make it easier to find and manipulate large numbers of messages in your gmail account.
Google is no longer a young corporation flush with money and idealism (it’s easy to have the latter when you’re rolling in the former). Despite making its money from selling ads, which is not a good and certainly not something we need more of, Google is still far better behaved than most corporations. I’ve worked for mid-size and large corporations even to know this for certain.
However, events over the last few years and especially over the last year show that Google is no longer the poster child for how to make money while remaining unsullied by the world’s surplus of evil. Whether the recent events involving Google employees (or contractors) sabotaging OpenStreetMap data or trying to steal customers from a Kenyan startup, Google has either lost a little control over its growing empire, or it’s loosened its ethical reins. I hope it’s the former.
Google, like all giant internet companies that rely on customer data to make money, has long had to dance the line between innocuously using that data and destructively invading customers’ privacy. The latest move, discussed in the link below, may be either one. Time will tell.http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/01/what_larry_page_doesnt_underst.html
Google Takeout is a service that makes it easy to export your data from various Google services. It’s proof that Google has a different philosophy than some other services (e.g. Facebook) that put up roadblocks when you try to leave with your data.
Takeout makes it easy to download information from Google Voice, Plus One, Buzz, Picasa, etc. in a zip package that can be stashed away in ase you ever need it.
Note that Facebook also now lets you download most of your data in a zip package, probably thanks to competitive pressure from companies like Google.