This one is from "45 Photos That Will Annoy You More Than They Should". I’d say ‘no way’ but I have seen this so many times. WHY?!? This is not helping us to make mental maps of the world at all. This is probably just some electrician playing a trick.
Google becomes bigger and bigger. It owns email(gmail), browser( chrome), social network( googleplus), video(youtube) and so on. It therefore owns the ability to know any individuals privacy.
I agree (I guess I always do :)) to a certain degree. For G as a privately owned company of which purpose is to answer to stakeholders as well as to costumers (otherwise we wouldn’t be with them or would we) is perfectly reasonable to expand their services and a user base as a consequence (which equals more adds and more revenue).
If touching the conspiracy side of view we might call their well designed products a lucrative bait for costumers – of which only purpose is to serve the shareholders. But I don’t believe it. I still think that G designs its products with users in mind and they do serve also the OSS community.
For me, I’m using FF as my main browser. My Gmail and YouTube accounts are separated and I’m not active on G+ (I actually have an account only to backup photos on my phone and even these get deleted once they are safely archived on two of MY hard drives). Maybe I just don’t want to have all eggs in one basket or maybe I’m (slightly) paranoid deep deep down in my unconscious part and I just don’t admit it :). Who knows.