Google Confirms It Aims to Own Your Online ID
… This pretty much seals my lack of enthusiasm for Google+. I just don’t need to opt in to yet another source blaring advertising and e-commerce at me, even if — especially if — it is finely tuned to my “needs” as they define them.
The thing is, I think there’s a room for a verifiable identity for e-commerce, whether it’s for shopping or applying for jobs or interacting with government agencies. But for all the other stuff the Internet is used for, there’s too much to be lost there by the insistence on real names and pulling together all of one’s verifiable data. People are concerned about the possible chilling effects on political activism. That could be more of an issue than increased exposure to constant buy-my-stuff.
I’m rethinking my involvement with Google as far as it already extends. I haven’t found an RSS client better than Google Reader, though. That would be tough to give up. Also, I can’t help but think that, sure, I won’t join Google+, but Facebook already has its hooks in me, and what will they do that Google doesn’t want to do? Dilemmas everywhere I turn….