Friday, July 08, 2011

Fair Warning to my Readers

Today, after much thought, I have decided the Google hegemony is too pervasive for any personal behavior of mine to make a difference. This being the case, and my holding out against it being a negative in my professional life, I have decided to embrace Google's services, at least in a tentative hug.

Google Logo
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.


Blogger Hercynium said...

Shall I send you a google+ invite while I have them? ;-)

Fri Jul 08, 01:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Yaakov said...

Already there, thanks.

Fri Jul 08, 01:57:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous path said...

I've taken some issues to Google and I feel that I got burned by "the cloud" on a work related project. Since then, I've limited my use of their services. I've seen people lose access to their account with family photos, videos and whatnot. I've decided to store that type of stuff on my own server than be dependent on them. I'm fine with using awstats for my purposes for example. But for searching the Internet, Google is the best tool for the job.

Fri Jul 08, 05:58:00 PM EDT  

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