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1 EiMitch  Sat, Jan 11, 2014 6:32:49pm

F*** Google! Most people decided Google+ wasn’t so much better than Facebook (FTR, f*** FB 2) as to be worth uprooting many contacts, friends, etc accumulated over years.

But, like Microsoft making their lame-ass Kinect a mandatory part of the Xbone, so too has Google decided to force people use something they’d rather not. So what if the public has spoken? It won’t matter if you just don’t give them a choice.

The only reason people haven’t abandoned Google in droves is because of Youtube. And Google has started running that into the ground as well with their recent (and notoriously easy to abuse) automated copyright bs.

Cracked was right to label 2013 as the year Google turned evil.

2 Norbrook  Sun, Jan 12, 2014 9:26:31am

I have a little-used Gmail account, and an old “Google Docs” account I used back in my “coordinate a diary series” days on DKos. One of the things that Google did last year that royally pissed me off, was to suddenly create a Google+ account for me. I wasn’t asked if I wanted one, (I didn’t) or given an option to decline.

3 Political Atheist  Sun, Jan 12, 2014 11:03:11am

This kinda creates a vacuum. At some point we create a market for non databased/exploited email. Question becomes, if you mind that kind of thing pointed out above, what would you pay?

For a wild example-What if your favorite blog offered up a paid email service? One that had as policy of respecting privacy (not necessarily anonymity) and non exploitation? A simple business model that is paid for service at a fair profit.

Heh, Charles you might have a revenue enhancer there.

What would you we as consumers pay? What is email worth to us? I fear not much because we are all way too used to “free” email. Our market expectation is free of charge. No free lunch boys and girls. Someone has to pay, everyone wants to make a fair buck.

4 Charles Johnson  Sun, Jan 12, 2014 11:27:53am

re: #3 Political Atheist

I don’t know - I think Google and Yahoo have pretty much destroyed the market for paid email services, deliberately.

I kind of doubt people will wake up to how they’re being exploited by these corporations before there’s some kind of major security disaster.

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