March 16, 2010

Google everywhere: Erases that bad thought

Boy, Google is getting darn right personal.

First, I noticed that my Google search results now come up with suggestions from my friends. That nice Google tool even tells me how I know that person - through Twitter, through that network or this.

I can't seem to shut Google Play off in my Reader, so I'm getting more suggestions of what to read there. (Hello, Play and Google do you see how many feeds are unread?!? If you really want to help, tell me which ones are echo chambers and where to cut. I'm an information hoarder and I need help!)

I also thought it was Google that was been getting more pushy on my browser with its suggestions of where I go next while I was surfing, but that turned out to be Feedly.

Still, I just logged into Gmail for a pre-dinner check while mulling over exactly what is it that bothers me about this latest request to "teach me everything you know. I have an hour" request.

That led me to think about how various people approached sharing what they found at SXSW, the music/film/geek/oh-my-God-how-come-I-missed-it-again event. For just a moment, I wondered what it would be like to be XXX (name doesn't really matter, now does it) when up popped this quote on my Gmail:

Kurt Cobain - "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."

So, OK, I get that and will stop lusting for their lives. A part of me knows no one lives perfection 24/7 despite the perfect picture they present to the world. Besides, life's challenges prevent boredum.

Still I wish I knew the right answer for people who want a brain dump of years squashed into minutes.


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