Google. It sounds ominous now (I don’t recall that being true, at first). We were all hoping at one point that Google would finally be the one to tame Microsoft. Now we are afraid that it has. I suppose that it’s small comfort that Apple has also had no small part in taming Microsoft… but it’s mainly google. Google may even be a large part of apple’s success, when you think about it.
It’s really scary when you think about what google knows about you. Being a privacy geek, I try hard to limit that. While I could use TOR more often, I don’t. It’s pretty tedious if you don’t have a good reason to use it (although I do run a TOR node). I do, however, run lots of browser plugins to limit my exposure. NoScript and AdBlock Plus are two of the major ones. NoScript ensures that no software runs in my browser until I approve it. AdBlock Plus make sure I don’t load ads from sites like google — the mere fact of loading these ads provides some trace on my activities.
Is it hypocritical, then, to put Google ads and Google Analytics on my blog page? Sorta, I suppose. But there’s no prize for being cattle. If you’re letting yourself be tracked or letting yourself be targeted for advertising, that’s a decision you made. I’m just a small capitalist willing to exploit that.
As I said in a previous post, everyone has a business plan to make money. WordPress makes that obvious with the $5/month key they really want you to buy. Fortunately for Google, their plan doesn’t involve charging me money… so it all seems like fair game. It would be hypocritical for me to criticize any of you that block Google. So go ahead — put on your Tin Foil Hat.