So, I decided to take stock of my presence in Google. More specifically, I wanted to know to what extent Google owns me. Here’s what I figure:
* Google Chrome is my browser of choice
* iGoogle is my start page
* E-mail through Gmail
* Google Calendar as my planner
* Papers and spreadsheets in Google Docs
* A profile on Google Profiles
* Shared links on Google Reader
* This blog uses a Google account
* Photos on Picasa
* You can call me on Google Voice
* I guess I microblog involuntarily through Google Buzz
* I haven’t used my Google Wave account to its fullest, but its there.
Of course, I can access and organize all of these services through my Google Android phone.
Not to mention the productivity enhancements at work and home using Google Desktop as well as the offline workflow enabled by Google Gears.
I suppose that some people crap their proverbial pants in excitement over Apple products. I’ve never really taken to Apple. Sure they make aesthetically pleasing technologies, but I’ve never had the budgetary wherewithal to throw my cash at a $1200 Macbook. Not to mention the obsessive fanboys that turn every Apple product launch into the second-coming.
Anyway, the great PC versus Mac war is largely over, with each company staking out its hardware territory and (mostly) sharing key programs cross-platform (Office, iTunes, etc.). The new battle is between Apple and Google: do I want the social cachet that comes with Apple’s beautiful but tightly controlled products? Or, do I want the somewhat unpredictable, perpetual beta of Google’s attempt to embed itself (for free!) in every god-damned aspect of my life? I’m going with the universality of Google, though with a wary eye.