If You Really Like Google Products, Don’t Tell Your iPhone Friends
My first phone was a Motorola Atrix 4G. It was one of the first phones with a decently working fingerprint scanner, not Apple. But you wouldn’t know that today because more than likely, you own an iPhone. And until you read the second sentence of this paragraph, you probably thought they were the first to do it. I can already tell, we won’t be friends.
Maybe that isn’t you. Maybe you knew about the Atrix or the HP iPaq PPC 5500 before it. Maybe you realize that there are better options than whatever Apple makes. Furthermore, maybe you’re where I am. You realize that, for all their flaws and missteps, Google makes the best products. Good. Whatever you do, don’t tell your iPhone friends. Take it from me, you’re just better off doing anything but that.
Over the years Apple has become widely successful, not only, at building a name for itself, or at building a cult following, but also at planting wide public distrust and dislike for the products that Google builds, especially those where Apple can actually compete, mostly on the notion that Google is, in some way, harming it’s users by collecting their data and monetizing it.
Google collects information about what people do, say, like and want. They then take that data and use it to do a few things. The biggest and most glaring — the one Apple really wants you to remember — being that they sell this data to advertisers who then use it to tailor ads specifically to your interests to get you to buy things on the internet. But what they also do with this data is use it for themselves to make the products that you enjoy using the most both better and in most cases free of charge. They also store this data on their servers forever so that no matter what device you use, or wherever in the world you go, you can still easily access your data.
Interestingly enough, Apple isn’t all too different.
“With differential privacy, Apple can collect and store its users’ data in a format that lets it glean useful notions about what people do, say, like and want.”
The data that Apple collects from its users is used to make their products better. Software applications like Siri, Apple Maps, iMessage, and iCloud rely heavily on the data you feed them to get better. And the only way to experience the benefits of using any of these applications is by buying Apple products.
Sounds a lot like Apple is monetizing your data to me.
Proving that Apple isn’t too different from big bad ‘ole Google isn’t quite the point I’m trying to make, but a valid one nonetheless. My point is that even if you knew all of this before reading this article, it’s best that you don’t tell your iPhone friends, that is, if you want to keep them. Instead, continue reading. I have a better solution.
WARNING: OPINIONS BELOW
People who succumb to the rhetoric that gets pushed by endangered companies like Apple and Microsoft often times don’t make the best conversation partners. If you are someone like me that gets excited each and every time you read an article about the week’s Google technological feat and wish to share it with your closest friends, more than likely they don’t want to hear it or will respond in such a way that will only make you wish you hadn’t brought it up in the first place.
Save yourself the headache and heartbreak and write about it online or consume more information on the topic using some other medium (see what I did there). Find online communities and forums filled with people who share your same level of excitement. The conversations that are had within these channels are much more rewarding an insightful than anything you would’ve had with a passive aggressive friend. And you don’t run the risk of losing a friend or making one another upset because you feel as though your interests are in some way being belittled or diminished.
A couple of my favorites are the Android subreddit and the Google subreddit. These are thriving communities with a lot to say. Or if you’re feeling really edgy, Google+ does still exist somehow. I’ve found that the conversations had within the communities on Google+, often times, pan out well no matter the topic. People using the service just tend to think differently and are more open to others’ ideas and interests.
If reading and writing isn’t your thing and you’d rather consume some more entertaining media. Check out the TWIT network. There are two shows that I watch weekly that discuss, at length, the Google and Android ecosystem, news, and the competition. Sometimes on This Week in Google (TWIG) things can get a tad bit political, but that’s okay. If you would rather learn more about apps and the week’s Android news, check out All About Android (AAA). Just like TWIG, it’s purpose is in the name.
These are still only temporary fixes for a much greater underlying issue. But I’m not going to tell you the solution to that problem because I don’t have one. I’m still trying to figure it out myself. But if you have friends that don’t share some of your interests, it’s best to find some that do. They’re out there. The worst thing you can do is try to push your views and interests onto your current friends and risk bruising the relationship you already have.