I'm am leaving G+ following the YouTube Anschluss, November 2013.
Google have time and again violated several key principles:
Respect. Of my time, my attention, my expressly stated desires, and most of all, my intelligence by repeating these and other insults time and again.
Trust. I will share very limited slices of me online. Time and again Google reached for more, and time and again I had to push back. This last violation (which, had I not already gone fully pseudonymous would have fully outed me as it did others) was one step too far. I extend trust once, not twice.
Privacy. This is the immediate concern here, and I've tried to create a walled space within which I can act. I no longer feel safe to act there.
This incident again has made painfully clear that Google don't understand the fundamental nature of privacy, of social norms, and of spaces. Of the desire for individuals to keep different aspects of their life and online activity, even within a single pseudonymous identity, separate. Yes, there are some smart people at the Plex, but socially, you're collectively beyond retarded. And I no longer care.
I'm actively looking for alternative platforms to use.
For the time being I'm retaining the Gmail account associated with this ID (firstname.lastname@example.org
) though I'll be migrating that as well (and am accepting recommendations). Correspondents are strongly encouraged to use my GPG key: 74CCF7CD
All of which is subject to change, of course (though Reddit's likely to be a good contact).
RSS/Atom feeds for the above are:
Feel free to drop those in your newsreader of choice. It's a bit clunky, but notably less so than G+ itself is.
I do plan on leaving a tombstone account on G+ with forwarding information and last details, though I'll be removing most or all of my content eventually.
G+ was to an extent an experiment to see if I could participate on terms I was comfortable with in a large commercial social networking space. The answer to that question has been found, and it is "no".
"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."
- Cardinal Richelieu (a/k/a Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac)