Google+/exodus/V.T. Eric Layton
This is the text of V.T. Eric Layton's Google+ departure message. Its original posting is unavailable; it was recovered from here.
Alas, it has come to this...
Friends, Googlers, denizens of this realm we call the Internet,
This is my last Google Plus transmission. I have been here since nearly the beginning. I've watched this service become the sweet candy that it now is; tempting and replete with potential poisonous side effects.
I admit to always being a bit suspicious of SUPER-MEGA CORP Google. However, my suspicions were just that... suspicions. That is until I came to G+ and witnessed how a large corporate entity once again wipes its anal orifice with anything the little guy has to say when it doesn't correspond with their business plan.
Privacy is a very important thing, folks. It's important in your real lives and it's important (possibly more so) here in this medium. Since the advent of the Internet, there have been those who have hunted, stalked, and bagged the weak, ignorant victims; children, old folks, silly housewives clicking on every pop-up that appeared on their screens. The wolves have targeted them all.
It's sad that the sheep will trade their anonymity and security for a sweet taste of the candy. Just one taste, please. These same sheep are the ones who are being sheared daily by their governments, their churches, their employers, etc. Now they will be sheared by Google in its never-ending feeding frenzy of data; public, private, ALL DATA!
While I have to admit it's been fun, this little experiment of mine with G+ and my first foray into the social networking scene; I believe I must be moving on. THINK, folks. Use that mass of gray jelly in your head. Analyze all the input. Determine for yourself if it's worth exposing your real name, personal data, life history, etc. to a giant corporate entity whose NUMBER ONE purpose for existence is to turn a profit.
Well, this is all just a matter of opinion, really. The above is my opinion. I'm no one. I'm nameless. I am pseudonymous (maybe). ;)
You know where to find me.
It's been fun...
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