I had planned on giving my thoughts on Google’s acquisition of Jaiku and rebuking The New York Times suggestion that the service could be “the harbinger of a new, truly interconnected world.”
I was going to point you to the fact that many of Google’s acquisitions never really go anywhere, especially in the mobile space–dodgeball anyone?
Then, I went back the NYT headline: “Google’s Purchase of Jaiku Raises New Privacy Issues.”
Wait, did I just read the wrong story? I don’t recall seeing any mention of Jaiku raising privacy concerns. The entire article looks at how Jaiku’s mobile application could help us all better connect with each other, blah, blah, blah.
Then I found the small reference to privacy…
All this opens serious questions about privacy, and about whether people are prepared to be constantly traceable, even if only by friends. Mr. Koponen said Jaiku was aware of this and was working hard to allow users to limit the information they share, without making the service too complicated.
Almost 600 words of praise for Jaiku and less than 50 suggesting privacy issues. How does that warrant a headline about privacy issues? I’ll tell you how, the NYT has woken up to the power of title-bait and knows that the words “Google” and “privacy” will generate a lot of clicks.
Keep that in mind the next time you read a mainstream media channel criticizing bloggers for being sensational!