Don't get me wrong. I like Google.

At least, I want to like Google. Google has created one of the most useful utilities on the internet. It is also worth getting the internet for if you do not have access. It is that useful. But is there an evil giant lurking beneath the bright, colorful and cheerful exterior?

The Google Search Engine is a tool that I use nearly daily.

I will often even type a URL into the Google Search that serves as the home page for my browser (Firefox, also a Google product) rather than type it into the place you are supposed to type it in. It is the Deep Thought of search engines. It almost seems to know what you are really looking for (even when my typing farther off than normal). There is almost no question that it cannot answer for you (in the case of Life, the Universe, and Everything, Google will provide multiple answers).
Google Search is not the only great product Google provides.

Google owns or promotes Firefox. A browser that has become one of the most used (you almost never hear of Netscape anymore). Google is in charge of Blogger, a free blogging site and offers Adsense to bloggers to help them earn a little change from their blogs. Googles Adwords have become one of the most effective ways to reach a target market with a product or service. Adsense is an easy way for web sites to find paid advertising for their site. Other great porducts Google offers include: Google Maps, Froogle, and don't forget Gmail the free email service.

What could there be not to love about Google?

Nearly all of which Google provides free of charge (with the exception of Adwords obviously). What could there be not to love about Google? Even those that have the most complaints about Google (notably Adwords advertisers who constantly battle ever changing prices and rating systems) have to say that it is hard to find anything else that is near as good.
It seems that Google is even saying "We don't care about making money." All they want is to complete their search for the Holy Grail: the perfect search. Perhaps there is where things start to fall apart.
Google has made it very clear that their only concern is the search user. Not the Adwords advertiser that is producing nearly the intire income. Not the investor that bid their stock up to $400 a share.
Who doesn't wish they bought stock in Google when it was maybe $30 or $50 a share, or maybe even $100 a share?

Yet, if I were a stockholder, I would feel real nervous right now. Google's most prized possession is something they provide for free. They do not make money at it. Google is not really very profitable when you get down to it. With the owners selling lots of their shares in the company it makes you wonder if they think the stock is overpriced. With billions in cash on hand, Google realeased additional shares. This would normally have dropped the price but with the feeding frenzy over Google it did not really seem to matter. Lets see, high stock price, insider sellout, and no really profitable product. Enron was a company that seems to have followed that track. At least we think Google is honest about the books. Even so, Google seem to break all the rules Warren Buffet would use to invest in a company as mentioned in The Warren Buffet Way. The Motley Fool Guide to Investing would warn against a company that was selling owner interests.
There has been a lot said about the US Government's tracking of emails and phone calls. Yet Google could be the Biggest, Big Brother of all. Google openly admits to reading emails to place content related ads in Gmail. Webmasters now that nearly no file is missed the the Googlebot as it searches the Web. Is the pop-up blocking Firefox really just great browser of is it the ultimate spyware, keeping track of absolutely everything you do connected to the Web?b What about the Google Toolbar and Desktop? Yet, we all trust Google completely. I already stated I use Firefox and I also have a Gmail account (at least till the Googlebot reads this article).
Google has shown that they have no problem with censorship.

They seem to have no problem bowing down to Governments that don't like a bad view of themselves on the internet. In fact, the only government Google apparently doesn't like to work with is the US Government. I don't know, maybe they just don't want anyone to know exactly how much they know.
How much information does Google have?

They have a record of all your Google searches. Do they have a record of your email subjects somewhere? Do they have a record of things typed into your browser or Google Desktop? They know everywhere your name is mentioned on the web. What about phone conversations? Any chance there is some record,somewhere that the Googlebot knows about. Google has been used as a hacking tool by others. Nobody seems to mind when the Googlebot searches your server for Web pages. Is that all it does. What is it that they are seraching for?
Like I said, I really like Google. I may not invest in it at $400 a share but I might someday invest in it. They have a great product and really seem to be obsessed in making sure it stays the best. I am not saying that just because I'm worried I'll never get a high rating in a Google Search ever again. I really do like Google.
I think I better go check and see if my Gmail account still works.

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