Google Services: for Free, But Not So Much

I think the services Google the best of the free internet: Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Maps, GTalk, Docs and so many others … how searches, logical. And they have to be the best: just so more users will join more advertising and sponsored links will be printed and clicked, and so on – this is the origin of the huge revenues of the company.

The services are quite popular, and among geeks and savvy, are practically unanimous. Countless friends, acquaintances, clients and readers who trust its digital life to Google, with its tasks, appointments, emails, documents and more, and can sync everything online with their smartphones. They are all satisfied users who recommend them to friends. And for free, those who refuse?

I also use these services, but only for experiments that are part of my consulting work. Fill of things, synchronize with computers and smartphones testo, go to exhaustion. I may publish tips and help readers get a more productive mobile life.

As for my own digital life, I trusted an Exchange account for 4 years and 2, under the influence of macmarido, I joined the MobileMe – I was taken by the current through the Family Pack which he purchased. Pure convenience, since Macs are ubiquitous in the home, including the backup and storage services in the cloud. I am satisfied, because we share our stuff effortlessly plan the family calendar together and have a stable system. The timing push with iPhone at first had some missteps (kept Exchange in parallel as this) but then stabilized. Today works redondinho.

I need a reliable system that can keep my contacts, as have them always at hand is essential in my work. I say the same calendar, which is the lung of my activities, even as a mobile professional. And iDisk take all my files I’m working on, to access them and share them whenever necessary. I have the confidence that service always had the Exchange and never had serious problems in both.

Yes, we have Google services, excellent and free, yet I’d rather pay for something I consider important in my professional life. I prefer more privacy, security, and readily available if I need support. My productivity gains paid tens of times the amount of annual leave.

It seems that there are more people worried about putting your life on Google, and depending on the use made of it, it is more than understandable. A reader recently warned that he was upset with the way Google treats the privacy of its users. As a lawyer, a doctor or any professional person, for example, you can trust your work data on a service that has the following clauses in the terms of use?

  1. CONTENT LICENSE

11.1 YOU RETAIN COPYRIGHT AND ANY OTHER RIGHTS YOU ALREADY HOLD IN CONTENT WHICH YOU SUBMIT, POST OR DISPLAY ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES. BY SUBMITTING, POSTING OR DISPLAYING THE CONTENT YOU GIVE GOOGLE AN IRREVOCABLE, PERPETUAL, WORLDWIDE, ROYALTY-FREE, NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE TO REPRODUCE, ADAPT, MODIFY, TRANSLATE, PUBLISH, PUBLICLY PERFORM, PUBLICLY DISPLAY AND DISTRIBUTE ANY CONTENT THAT SUBMIT, POST OR DISPLAY ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES. THIS LICENSE IS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ENABLING GOOGLE TO DISPLAY, DISTRIBUTE AND PROMOTE THE SERVICES AND MAY BE REVOKED FOR CERTAIN SERVICES AS DEFINED IN THE ADDITIONAL TERMS OF THOSE SERVICES.

11.2 YOU AGREE THAT THIS LICENSE INCLUDES A RIGHT FOR GOOGLE TO MAKE SUCH CONTENT AVAILABLE TO OTHER COMPANIES, ORGANIZATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS WITH WHOM GOOGLE HAS RELATIONSHIPS FOR THE PROVISION OF SYNDICATED SERVICES, AND TO USE SUCH CONTENT IN THE PROVISION OF THOSE SERVICES.

11.3 YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOOGLE, IN PERFORMING THE REQUIRED TECHNICAL STEPS TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES TO OUR USERS, MAY (A) TRANSMIT OR DISTRIBUTE YOUR CONTENT OVER VARIOUS PUBLIC NETWORKS AND IN VARIOUS MEDIA; AND (B) MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO THE USER CONTENT TO CONFORM AND ADAPT THAT CONTENT TO THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS OF CONNECTING NETWORKS, DEVICES, SERVICES OR MEDIA. YOU AGREE THAT THIS LICENSE SHALL PERMIT GOOGLE TO TAKE THESE ACTIONS.

11.4 YOU CONFIRM AND WARRANT TO GOOGLE THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS, POWER AND AUTHORITY NECESSARY TO GRANT THE ABOVE-MENTIONED LICENSE.

Source: http://www.google.com.br/accounts/TOS

Again, reinforcement: the services are good, but would not say are free. Under the terms, I think the price up high. I believe that, in the case of companies that use Google Apps terms are different – that readers are aware, please clarify in the comments. However, you, common user, who entrusts all of your personal and professional data to Google, care. Of course this will depend on how much what arises valley there for you. But do not come to me with this talk that “privacy in these modern times is no more.”The contemporary web brought the work to the cloud and it is natural that people want to protect it.

And you end users? What kind of free and paid services use? Prioritize those that use encryption or have some enhanced security? How is your relationship with these services? And what do you think of Google say that what is yours and is it is not just her?

Thanks to William reader the agenda idea.