Is Google Turning too Personal?
Apparently Google has decided to completely overhaul its search engine app on smart phones by adding a new personalized feed. The feed consists of links about hobbies, sports, news; I'm starting to find this a bit too similar to social media.
This new Google offering is called "Google Feed" and works just like Facebook's "News Feed". Although Google denies copying the Facebook feature, it sure does feel as if Google is starting to use Facebook's feature against them.
"This feed is really about your interests … It's not really about what your friends are interested in," Ben Gomes, a Google vice president for engineering, said in a briefing with reporters.
Typical updates might include a link to a website with tips about an upcoming vacation spot, or a link to a page about cycling or another hobby, the company said.
Facebook and Google are jockeying for attention online and by extension, for advertising revenue based on those eyeballs. The two Silicon Valley companies are expected to take in some 50 percent of overall online ad spending in 2018, according to research firm eMarketer.
I don't think I'm necessarily the biggest fan of Google's new feature. Even more so, I'd like my search engines to do exactly that and nothing else.
In addition to putting Google Feed on mobile apps, the company is looking at attaching it to web browsers in some form, Shashi Thakur, a second Google vice president for engineering, said during the briefing.
What do you monkeys think of this? I know Google's previous social media project failed rather spectacularly, however, it looks as if they are taking a more under the table approach this time. Do you guys like the new features Google is starting to put in? What do you think of Google essentially creating identical features to those of Facebook?