Do you read news and blogs on the web via an RSS client? If yes, what RSS reader do you use?
I use Google Reader to watch my information because it is easy to use, it integrates with my iGoogle start page really well, and it beats the pants off every other RSS reader I’ve tried and I’ve tried them all.
Which sites do you read every day?
How many articles do you read per week? Do you share with others what you find? We know Google follows our Web History and knows our Search Wants — but are you aware if you use Google Reader you are also able to see how Google tracks your RSS trends?
It’s a little creepy to go to the Home area of Google Reader and click on the Trends link to find the following:
Google Reader Trends also slices up your days into viewing patterns:
Here’s how much you’ve read and what percentage of what you’ve read you actually read:
Updating frequency demonstrates how often what you seek is actually new:
Finally, Google Reader Trends presents you with a Tag Cloud that gives
you a visual heat index and size guide for the terms that most excite
you based on the categories you assign to each RSS feed.
Does Google know too much about you with all this data mining? What are they doing with this information they are collecting and tabulating about us?
If you use Google Reader, Google knows what you’re reading and how often you’re reading it.
If you use Google Docs/Spreadsheets/Presentations, Google knows what you’re writing.
If you use Google Calendar, Google knows where you are during the day and what you’re doing when.
If you use Gmail, Google knows who is contacting you and how you feel about them.
If you use Google Analytics, Google knows who is visiting.
If you use Blogger, Google knows how you’re thinking.
If you use Picasa, Google knows what you value.
If you use Groups, Google knows ideas you’re discounting.
If you use Google Notepad, Google knows why you’re saving.
If you use Google Checkout, Google knows what you’re buying.
If you use Google Maps, Google knows where you’re lost.
If you use Google Earth, Google knows how you’re wondering.
If you use Google Talk, Google knows why you’re whispering.
If you use Google Pages, Google knows what you’re promoting.
If you use Google AdWords, Google knows how you’re selling.
If you use iGoogle, Google knows the cream you want rising to the top…