‘My Divorce From Google – One Year Later’

Tom Henderson on leaving Google behind:

What I’ve concluded is that I’m happy, and I find that Google and SEO and tracking have soiled the web in unbelievable ways. Google has imposed a constraint on content through its ad business that I can’t get away from, because content is trying to adapt to Google so it can be found, but especially because content becomes monetized in doing so– to the detriment of us all.

That’s an interesting thought, and something I hadn’t thought about. It’s sad to think about how much sites tweak their content and headlines just in hopes of a few extra clicks on Google and subsequently their Google Ads.

One thing that many of you have asked about in response to my post last week about valuing privacy more than money, is why. Why is privacy so important?

Let’s let former Google CEO and current Chairman Eric ‘Uncle Creepy’ Schmidt answer that for you, as reported by Holman W. Jenkins Jr.:

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” he says. He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.

Any questions?

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Tom Henderson on leaving Google behind: What I’ve concluded is that I’m happy, and I find that Google and SEO and tracking have soiled the web in unbelievable ways. Google has imposed a constraint on content through its ad business that I can’t get away from, because content is trying to adapt to Google so […]