Not to beat a dead horse, but…
Following up on Crabby Old Lady’s post last week about Google’s impugning of her integrity, Crabby never realized how much of the internet Google owns until she tried to divest herself of all things Google.
There were a lot of suggestions in the comments on that post about how to reinstate the Google Ads along with alternatives to Google’s abundance of internet tools. Let Crabby address a few of them.
Since Crabby has always used Typepad as her blog platform, she doesn’t need to move her blog anywhere to get rid of Blogger, owned by Google - and thank the gods because no way does Crabby want to attempt exporting four-plus years of Time Goes By.
As to giving Google more time to answer Crabby Old Lady’s appeal, it has been a week as of today with no response and she has no interest in continuing a relationship with the company in any manner. A couple of technology blogs who picked up Crabby’s story (here’s one) linked to long, involved posts about how to get Google to reinstate an Adsense account. All require groveling, begging and sniveling which is not in Crabby’s nature, especially when the company demanding that she debase herself is the one in the wrong. Crabby Old Lady is done with ads from any corporate internet source.
Crabby has been experimenting with other search engines – she has lazily used Google since it launched – and just about any of the others suit her purposes. She hasn’t settled on one yet.
For a long time, Crabby primarily used the Firefox browser with the Google toolbar. She has removed the toolbar, but Firefox has so many Google add-ons that she has now made Flock her main browser. Flock involves a lot of social media tools that Crabby is not interested in, but they are easy to remove and - Surprise! - Flock loads pages faster than Firefox and is more intuitive.
Beginning about a year ago, Crabby tried iGoogle, a calendar/news/information home page, but she prefers her calendar to be associated with her email program and has hardly visited the page since she reinstated Outlook on her machine. There appears to be no way to cancel the iGoogle account nor her Google email address. Once you’ve got a Google account, you are in their clutches for life. But Crabby doesn’t have to use those tools and she doesn’t anymore.
The biggest problem – and it is huge for Crabby - is Google Alerts. Crabby has about two dozen that keep her up to date with all things related to aging from thousands of sources and there appears to be no alternative. Yahoo’s alerts consist of about 20 pre-selected topics, none of which suit Crabby’s purposes, with no capability of either creating one’s own keywords or having the results emailed as with Google Alerts.
Crabby Old Lady is astonished that not one other internet search engine has developed such a tool. No wonder Google owns the internet world with competitors as lazy as this. Not that Microsoft is any better, but perhaps if the Yahoo purchase goes through, they’ll develop a real Alert system. However, as the Washington Post reports this morning, Google is already whining to the world's trade regulators that the Microsoft/Yahoo sale would "stifle competition." Crabby begs to differ and you can guess what she would say if she were one of those regulators.
It is bad enough that Crabby rented Google some of her blog real estate in exchange for some money and Google reneged on the contract. What is worse to Crabby is the attack on her honesty and she will not forgive that anytime soon. One way or another, Crabby will find a way to replace the Google Alerts – it just might take a little longer than deleting a browser toolbar.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Lia explains the hilarious results of Underestimating a Friend's Mischievous Nature.]