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Yes -- and it's great
  6617 votes / 18%
Yes -- and it's OK
  9882 votes / 26%
Yes -- and it's lame
  1835 votes / 5%
No -- but I'd like an invite
  7348 votes / 20%
No -- and you can keep it.
  10991 votes / 29%
36673 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • by pavon (30274) on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @11:04AM (#36734260)

    One major difference between Google and facebook is that Google sells your eyeballs to advertisers, facebook sells your information.

    Whether you think that makes a large ethical difference is up to you, but the practical implications are significant -- essentially, Google acts as a black box in between advertisers and users, which is a system I massively prefer. Facebook will literally sell your name and address.

    But the reason that Google doesn't sell your info to advertising companies, because it is an advertizing company. Doing so would just be feeding their competition. If Facebook had purchased DoubleClick or some other large advertiser, they would be doing the same.

  • by wintercolby (1117427) <> on Tuesday July 12, 2011 @03:03PM (#36738512)
    The difference between Yahoo scanning emails and Google scanning them is that Google was pretty clear about the fact that it was ad revenue that provides the massive amount of space on Gmail, and that the scanning was supposed to bring product advertisements for things that you were actually interested in. Remember a day when you had to sit through feminine product commercials just to get back to the plot? Sure half the the audience of those ads might have had some reason to be interested in seeing them, but with targeted advertisement that number starts to approach 100%. I signed up for Gmail knowing that they were going to make their money by trying to find products to advertise based on automated evaluation of my email. I'm alright with that as long as I'm not emailing anything through Gmail that I'd be embarrassed about.

    If you don't want your interests online, don't post them, don't email them and it may help to not even search for them. To reiterate, Google gets away with scanning email in Gmail, because they were pretty up front about it in their terms of service. Oh by the way, Gmail is SSL by default, all of it. G+ is also always SSL, by default. Facebook still doesn't have the login page SSL by default.

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