Originally posted by JustgibberisH
On the bright side, Trollers can now be searched up and exposed. No more hiding behind a computer screen and posting ignorant comments, Because now i
know your name and where you live.
And you know exactly what constitutes as trolling?
What if someone doesn't like your opinion and calls you a troll?
That is just aside.
I am really shocked at the lax attitude of those that say: "Don't use X". It isn't that simple.
First of all, when all these sites started, you were still private. In those days, it was fun to watch what you like and be able to give an opinion.
Then, slowly sites merged and things changed.
Are the only option here:
- leaving a site you loved completely?
- Not using your log in and therefore losing all your preferences?
- Lying through your teeth by making fake accounts, just to log on? [Which could be made illegal one day]
If you are new to the net and decide not to use either Google or Youtube, it is easy to opt out. But we are talking people here that have had an
account for longer than you can imagine.
It is like a drug dealer giving you the first hits for free but then you have to pay. It isn't easy to just leave a site you participated on for
years without problems. Does our loyalty not count for anything?
As to the naive notion that Google and Youtube are free.
Yes they are if you believe 'free' means having to pay no money. I don't have to give G or YT any money to use them but 'free' they ain't.
I 'pay' by bartering. I give them my presence and my participation and hence I give them volume, with which they can make shedloads of money from
advertising. We own a small site that is from the early 2000s and people still give us money to advertise on it.
So the revenue for the giants is immense and all because of: PEOPLE Sometimes you can make even more money inderictly than directly. This is the case
with G and YT. If they wouldn't make enough by advertising, you'd soon have to pay.
So no it is not free at all. I will have to pay with my privacy and that is worth more than money. Nothing on earth is free.
Furthermore it is shocking to see that when things changle slowly, over a few years; some people are happy to go along with anything if it is packaged
Sentences such as: "It makes things easier" or "it is better to target me with adverts that are relevant rather than irrelevant to me is better"
make me cringe.
Sure at the moment this may well be the case but you have to ask yourself; "Where will it stop?"
Always contemplate the future!
If you are happy to put up with this much, then nothing will stop the giants from trying to get a little further. I am not making this up, it is
business [and human] nature.
"How far can we go?"
If they go any further, lets say, they want you full address, name and birthday for all websites anywhere, you would be happy right?
Because it makes things easier still.
What if you are 'clever' and use other sites or alternative browsers, in order to stay anonymous but one day some government jobsworth decides that
everyone who uses these has something to hide and will be made a criminal?
They do this already with encrypted writing. It is illegal to have this on your hard drive, even if you just had a laugh with a mate.
Young people lack the foresight. They believe that everything is always going to stay the way it is now. How could they know otherwise? The same is
true for the uneducated, as they don't know of any examples.
I have lived through large changes. My parents were in WW2. I had friends in E Germany. I have seen honest companies turn nasty and I am seeing
Governments change right now for their worst. I recognise the warning signals. Experience is one heck of a tool! Some don't have this and therefore
can not possibly try and convince those that do.
And it is those that walk blindly into everything, believing it is all 'for the best' that these giants rely on.
You are their wet dream!
If the world was full of us cynics, these companies wouldn't get anywhere unless they listened to their customers [paying or non paying is
irrelevant] and do things right. You ARE important as a customer [even if you only pay indirectly], you are the blood in their veins and therefore you
do have the right to moan about things that you don't like. End of.
Because 'it makes it easier...is for the best...it's for our wellbeing..." Where did I hear that one before..?