Google Chrome is available for the public. This might be a very important step for the next generation web experience. However, the part that got my attention is different and I wish to discuss it.
Here is the screen shot of the download page of Google’s new browser. As you can see, optional checkbox which allows Google to gather your data is located at the same location as “I read and accept” checkbox that every user checks without even reading it.
Even though making “optional” keyword bold a is gesture of good will, I think it is a little tricky to put it on the same exact location where most of the users are conditioned to auto-check. What do you think ?
Once you have checked that box, Chrome installation comes in with pre-configured to gather your data. of course, it is still available to opt-out. And if you do not check the box, Cohrome will ask you one more time to enable it at the first time you launch the browser.
As I have previously discussed the importance of such data in the post: Social Data War , it is quite understandable why google deeply wishes people to share their data. Considering this browser is a step for next generation web experience (web-os), it is acceptable to assume that gathering data is an important portion.
Conclusion: Google is watching you. Google is wise 🙂