Google changed its privacy policy (again). It wants more information from its online users. And why not? Google is free to use after all, and I could barely imagine my life without it. Anything I’d want to know is quite possibly just a Google click or two away.

Truth is, the more information we share, the more we contribute to crowd-based problem solving – or “idle sourcing.” And idle-sourcing will grow increasingly effortless while inspiring countless technological innovations. That’s a good thing, right?

But hopefully those innovations won’t be limited to applications like the Boston-based Street Bump, which uses your smart phone GPS and accelerometers to identify potholes and then plot them on a real-time map. Or, Find My Friends, which locates the whereabouts of friends and family. Instead, I suspect, it might inspire new and alternative versions of say, a search engine that never asks for personal information. (I suspect we’d have to pay for the service.)

But I also think it might be nice to return to those days when “googling” was asking our friends and family – perhaps not as accurate, but a whole lot more fun.