Fair Warning to my Readers
I can only hope they really aren't evil.
My principles stay the same, but I am a pragmatist, not an ideologue. If I believed that my quixotic fight with Google (I suspect that they weren't even aware of our struggle) could make a difference, I would pursue it further. I am convinced it cannot. The truth is that I am so interconnected to Google through my friends and colleagues I can't hide anything from them anyway. The almost universal use of Google Analytics also impacts me. Which brings me to the point of this post.
Today, I added a Google Analytics script to the template for this blog. So, esteemed reader, you are being tracked even here*. But, I have seen that you are being tracked a number of other ways already and frankly, I don't think I am adding anything material to that.
In my professional life it is expected that I know all about the services companies like Google provides. So far, I have managed with marginal information about some of them but it's a disservice to the people who depend on me, in the end. This outweighs and ideological stand I might take, so I relent.
Hello Google! I hope you enjoy my data. Please don't be evil, for real.
(Note: I still refuse to carry Google ads, or any ads for that matter. I am sure you are perfectly capable of finding things you want and need without Google's help.)
* The truth is, with the acquisition of Blogger by Google, GA-like tracking code is automatically inserted in the template anyway, I just don't have access to the results with the granularity of GA.