The FTC is discussing online privacy issues this week. Data mining, cyber profiling and ad targeting are serious stuff, with far-reaching implications for our personal freedoms. Who do we have to thank for this potential savaging of our individual rights? Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. How did I find him? I Googled, that’s how. Before the Google-DoubleClick deal becomes final, and the entire universe learns every detail of my life, including my predilection for Herb Alpert CDs and Dockers (often both on the same night), I’ve decided to give Sergey some food for thought by disclosing some of his personal tidbits gleaned via Google. I’m hoping Brin will cave in to my demands and replace all Google-able information about me with biographical data pertaining to Kid Rock.
Fact 1: Sergey’s birthday is Aug. 21. (Mine is Nov. 25. But you knew that, Sergey, didn’t you?)
Fact 2: Sergey’s middle name is Mikhailovich. (Mine is John. I’m sharing because Web 2.0 is all about having a two-way conversation.)
Fact 3: Sergey was born in Moscow. (I was born in Bridgeport, Conn. Both have gulags and sub-par seasonal snow removal.)
Fact 4: Brin’s net worth is estimated at $18.5 billion, and at age 34, he ranks as the world’s fourth-youngest billionaire. (Mine is … well, I’ll stop there, because it’s tough to type with tears spilling onto the keyboard.)
If you want to learn more about Sergey, Google him for yourself. To find out more about me, click here.
—Posted by David Gianatasio