Facebook and the Mysterious Moving Privacy Policy

Privacy is an illusion. If you think anything that you put out into the universe (in this case, the Internet) is going to stay a secret, you may be in for a surprise. Things get out. It’s a fact of life. I’ve been doing this long enough that I generally know better than to put anything out on there that I don’t want subject to public consumption.

So the fact that Facebook is not necessarily keeping users information private ┬áthese days is not exactly what is bothering me about the whole thing. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes Google so Special

They are a household name now. By many accounts they have the most valuable brand in the world (although I would argue against that with their all but pulling out of the China market). There is no question that they are doing something right. But what is it?

It’s all about data. Google is the best in the world at collecting and examining data. They give away everything: their browser, apps, Android ( and soon Chrome) operating system, because those things all get people onto the Internet. And since using the Internet without using Google is, for most, like going to Disneyland without riding the on Space Mountain, the more people they can get onto the Internet, the more data they can collect and the more ads they can sell ($21 Billion worth in 2008). Read the rest of this entry »

Inaugural Post

This is my inaugural post at the Brightmetrics blog. Many people know me from the last 11 years of my life as CEO of PlanIT Solutions. Being CEO at a successful IT solutions provider for that long means that I’ve gotten to know a lot of small and medium sized companies. Through that experience I’ve learned a lot about a wide variety of businesses. About a year ago, it struck me that there is one challenge that nearly all businesses with which I had the opportunity to interact shared.

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