Fear MSN More Than Google WIFI

Scoble is afraid of Google WIFI because Google could mine usage data to build a better search engine. His fear seems rooted in the prospect of MSN falling further behind Google in the search engine wars, but he mixes in a little "big brother is watching" too.

Well, if you own the last few yards in between people and the Internet you can really learn a lot. You can watch everything those people click on, what pages they visit, what browsers they use, how often they turn on Skype, and a lot of other stuff.

Does anyone else see the irony in this? We’re supposed to fear a micro-ISP when Microsoft could be monitoring many more users through its mega-ISP MSN. How much attention data is MSN mining? Are we supposed to trust Microsoft more than Google? Is MSN watching "everything people click on, what pages they visit, what browsers they user, how often they turn on Skype…"?

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2 thoughts on “Fear MSN More Than Google WIFI

  1. Oh, make no mistake. MSN is watching some things too. But right now all they can watch is what you do on a Web browser and, then, only after you visit an MSN property.

    Now if I could get between you and the Internet I could watch a WHOLE lot more.

    By the way. Look into when Google’s Cookie expires and when MSN’s cookie expires. Ours expires every day. Google’s expires in 2038.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2005-30,GGLG:en&q=Google+Cookie

  2. >> Now if I could get between you and
    >> the Internet I could watch a WHOLE lot more.

    But MSN is between “you and the internet” just as much as Google WIFI is. Right? Law enforcement talks about motive and opportunity. You have the same (if not more) opportunity to watch users than Google does.

    Adam

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