You broke my heart GoogleDear Google,

You are getting far to Facebooky with unclear rules and Yahoo’y with no proven steps to respond and fight the suspensions on Google’s part.

With the open invitations to Google Plus, people flocked to you so that they could try the newest thing. People like L0gexSpidra Webster, and others like Thomas Monopoly have been suspended without clear reason. This isn’t just the Google Plus, but other services they used like +1, and Picasa that Google has decided to tie into the Google Plus policies.

It’s a shame that you are taking the position your taking on names. I know several people who use alias’ in real life, “Nick names” you could say, and have had an account with Google and those names for years without issue.

In one fell swoop, you have gone corporate and it appears you are no longer standing up for the original internet users with the “Use The Service How You Want To” and “Make it yours” type attitude that you held for so long. I’m very sad to see this. I thought you were a company that would support those that participated with all your services, real name or not. Guess Not.

I understand that Google Plus is Beta, but as with most of your services, it’s all BETA until a decade after its running. With the new Powers That Be that have decided using a nick name on the internet is not OK, I think its time I start to look at moving my services away from Google. It’s a shame really, but after Facebook’s shenanigans I just find it hard to be able to trust any company that starts down this path.

I honestly can’t say I will shutdown my account with all Google Services, but probably I will just seriously curb my usage of all Google services and apps and be more mindful of what I use on pretty much all services with any corporation on the internet. This is a good thing really as I have become far too attached to you. It would be too easy for you to change your mind and kill my account and delete all my data without notice. I know how you corporations like that control over your customers.

Things that I will have to start to research to replace:

New Smart Phone: Currently have a HTC Evo 4G with Sprint. Maybe its time to play with Microsoft phones again.

Google Apps: I manage several Google Apps accounts for friends, clubs, and myself. I am going to have to start to move them over to something I control and manage.

Google Chromebook: Yeah guess that’s not going to happen now.

My own Google GMail account: Damn this is everywhere. I thought I was going to be able to use it for a long time. Guess all good things must come to an end. I’m going to start to move my email services over to my own hosted email system.

Google Voice: This is painful part. I have been using this number as my main number with GrandCentral before Google bought the service. I’m going to have to research this more.

RSS Reader: Luckily there are other services out there that I can move to with these.

Chrome: Firefox want to give it another try?

Search Engine: Crap… there isn’t anything else out there that I like or find as useful. Guess its time to start to search without logging in though.

Unfortunately this is too much like breaking up. Every service I use and was committed to have makes it harder to move, but if anything, it’s not good to become too committed to any one thing, all your eggs in one basket and all that sort of thing.

Positive side of this, I can distribute my internet services out more to other companies or free self hosted services and I really like that in the long run.



P.S. I hope you come to your senses on these things and go back to your “Use the Service how you want” ways.

1 Comment

  1. On the one hand, Google’s advertisers aren’t going to care about complaints from a few people. The Homeland Security degree ads and the like will be unaffected. But if those advertisers are trying to reach influential technical types, the advertisers might be a little more concerned.

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