There, I said it. FUCK YOU GOOGLE*.
I put no script back on my firefox install just so I could block Google Analytics.
It seems like 80% of the websites I go to have Analytics installed on it (even I use it on this hunk of shit site), so they are getting a massive amount of browsing data for all of us assholes who use gmail and what not… so I say balls to them. Let them track me another way… which may actually be through cookies on sites using analytics… not really sure how it works, but I would love to hear a way to block them from obtaining my browsing data completely.
I am fine with them gathering my data from their own sites, but 3rd parties I am bit paranoid about.
I saw an interesting presentation at Defcon this last week which pretty much proved that Google does not give a fuck about the well being of their users. It was done by a guy named RSNAKE, who I have never heard of (not surprising, since I am not a "hacker"), but he did one hell of a presentation. It was actually awesome.
Anyhow it seems as Google is getting more powerful with more reach each day. Them "merging" with Yahoo on the advertising side of things is some pretty scary shit, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out. If I had to guess, there will be some heavy outside intervention to prevent that from happening.
Anyhow, I hope it does not happen, and either MSFT buys them, or Jerry Yang gets shot, and the company is run by someone who is less of an asshole.
I am hoping someone can spider the interweb and see what percent of sites are running Google Analytics, so I can properly shit myself when I see the usage data. It would be nice to scan the top 100,000 Alexa sites and see who is sharing data with the BIG G.
Anyhow, that is all. Are you scared of Google? I am!
* Actually I love you Google. You make me money day in and day out. You have the best advertising platform out there. Even though you are doing your best to make me pay more per click, I am okay with that. You deliver real users, and lots of them. Keep up the good work.