Remember Nancy Drew? My middle school idea of happiness looked something like this: wasting away an afternoon on the top of my bunk bed under a warm blanket with a glass of milk, protein bar, and a Nancy Drew novel at hand.
Eventually though, Nancy Drew got old. No, I don’t mean her fifties fashion or seventies slang. I quite enjoyed reading books from across the generations, laughing at the funny terms and aaaahing at her flawless style. I mean that after reading through almost the entire original series plus quite a few later renditions, I began to realize three things:
1. If a questionable character is driving in a black sedan, it is most definitlely the bad guy. If said questionable character is driving a convertible, he or she will turn out to be harmless after all.
2. If Nancy Drew almost dies, either her boyfriend or her father is sure to be close by ready for a rescue.
AND (the most absolutely true across every single book in the series)
3. If Nancy Drew has a hunch, she is correct. Every. Single. Time.
I wish my hunches were like that.
But I digress…
In high school I had a hunch that google was evil. I resisted using google email for a while, but eventually gave in (resistance is futile). Now I’m finding out that shying away from google products is pointless anyway. Not only does google screen emails and information on their own platforms (can you imagine the portrait they could piece together between google analytics, google docs, google adsense and adwords, google widgets, and google street view?) they can track you by IP addresses and connect you to every search you ever conduct in their search engine.
According to USnews.com, they also have the ability to track you while you are using firefox, chrome, youtube, and any android phone (apparently their operating system is deeply imbedded into the phone so everything you type, tap, and touch is tracked). They were fined over 20 million dollars for hacking safari and tracking users on all sorts of iOS devices as well.
That might explain why the ads you are seeing on the side of your web searches are creepily related to the email you sent your cousin last week. YES, that does happen.
I promise I’m not paranoid. I’m not going to buy a storehouse of guns and anticipate the day google decides to complete their work of total world domination… However, I found this great website called gogoduck. It is uncluttered search engine that doesn’t track you at all.
Here is a great minisite about it: http://donttrack.us.
I just thought I’d try something new for a while. Finally, a place where I can ask all my embarassing questions in peace. It is not like I’m leaving google forever. As I began considering that idea, I realized it is harder than you think in this day and age. I use google plus for chatting with my friends. My business, volunteer community, and fellow students collaborate using google docs. I store most of my written work on google drive. Goodness gracious, even this blog is hosted by blogger, which is owned by google!
In other words,
if my blog disappears… you’ll know why.