Google Information Transfer Services


A couple newspapers have reports on Google using their Desktop software to make it easy to transfer data between PCs:

Google Inc. is offering a new tool that will automatically transfer information from one personal computer to another, but anyone wanting that convenience must authorize the Internet search leader to store the material for up to 30 days.

That compromise, sought as part of a free software upgrade to be released Thursday, might be more difficult to swallow now that the Bush administration is demanding to know what kind of information people have been trying to find through Google's search engine.

It looks like the new Desktop add on is similar to the file transfer services offered in instant messaging services, but Google kept their IM service rather spartan to promote the talk feature.

Realistically this release is a non feature, but I am sure the press will be all over it.

Update: One handy bit I missed ;) from

People who regularly use several computers can now use Google Desktop to search for items stored on multiple computers simultaneously, even when they are not connected to the Internet. Once the Search Across Computers function is enabled, text copies of documents and Web history are automatically transferred to the other computer that has Google Desktop installed, said Sundar Pichai, director of product management at Google. When the user searches on one computer for information, the second computer is automatically searched.

So who wants their computers constantly hooked into the Google grid for easy searching?


Let me get this straight

I give up literally all remaining privacy, and in return I get the ability to fuse my home and work computers? No thanks.



so are they essentially

so are they essentially trying to make a P2P network? thats what it seems like to me.....i think that would be pretty interesting.

a p2p network would be

a p2p network would be great, i thought it was more of a closed circuit concept.

has to be somewhat closed

has to be somewhat closed off the start (who wants to leave their whole computer open and searchable by anyone and everyone in the world?)...but over time it could open up...and likely will.

What if every page on connected computers becomes another page like every page on the web? Then Google has made the world's digitized information nearly globally accessible.

Of course then there are DRM issues and a boatload of legal can of worms waiting to be opened there.

You can also view Google's file sharing bit as their angle of social search, assuming that users want to allow others to take a peak.

Security Holes

Another reason I don't install people's toolbars and other obnoxious desktop tools as I see these things as massive security holes just waiting for a hacker to breech and this is a doozy.

i'm half expecting them to

i'm half expecting them to setup a semi-private P2P network -- i.e. you and your buddies. i imagine social profiling is a key part of their personalization strategy for search, which something like that would help with.

I use a program called

I use a program called FolderShare ( It syncs folders and files that you specify in real time between as many computers as you like. It's a fully P2P solution.

Microsoft recently bought the company and make the product free. I'll still use it for now but an MS purchase always makes ya a bit twitchy ;)

warning: drive c: is almost out of space

text copies of documents and Web history are automatically transferred to the other computer that has Google Desktop installed,

So, hook up the media services pc, the den pc, the work pc, and oh!, the server that you administer and watch the whole works come crashing down.

Someone *will* do this. Just watch.

Security officers at various companies getting backdoored are going to have fits.

Two interesting story titles

Google Information Transfer Services.


US Gov to Spider Net Searching for Terrorists.

To coin the old phrase from Private Eye mag "I wonder if they are somehow related?" :)

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