Google the Fickle

Google+ is one more in a long line of products that Google has killed off. I’m still miffed about Reader from six years ago. So I don’t trust the big guys like them.

Facebook either. I worked hard to make contacts there. Over 4,000. Then FB started limiting who could see my posts. Uh huh.

Oh, and Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store. Which means that people who “bought” ebooks there will lose them. Because they only bought the right to read, not the product itself.

I’m not the smartest person on the planet, or even in the room, but I started making my exit some time back from the big guys. That’s why I don’t do Google, Facebook or Twitter anymore. I might have an account there, but it’s remnant stuff, while I use alternative options or paid services, like my beloved Fastmail account, paid since 2002 (see referral).

There’s a spiritual lesson here somewhere. Be constant. Be fair. Be open and truthful. It’s not wrong to work and earn money, but don’t manipulate people to do it. And I want the people and companies I deal with to act the same toward me.

Facebook owns you

True crime fascinates me, and this is a comparison that often comes to mind: to become a successful content creator you have to use Facebook, and using Facebook, especially if you’re a Christian and/or a conservative, is sort of like going to a mafia loan shark for $10,000. They’re happy to give it to you, just like Facebook will gladly give you the opportunity for your content to go viral on their massive platform. But then, if it does, they own you. You have to conform to their rules and their worldview, and jump through every hoop they put in front of you, if you want to remain a successful content creator. It’s just like a loan from a local mob guy: sure, now you’ve got $10,000 in your hand, but you’re going to pay a high price in return. You’re going to have to alter whatever needs to be altered — even your worldview — to accommodate Facebook. If you miss a payment or step out of line, you’re going to get a beating. And if they ever decide you’re too much trouble, they’ll just shoot you. Facebook has the power to kill publishers, and they do, not only based on publishing techniques, but based on worldview. Just think about that.

Adam4D