For about the last 8 days I've been banned like a naughty school child from adding more people to my list of G+ friends. This is so ridiculous and a big turn off when it comes to seeing if g+ can help raise my social media profile. It is not as if I have sent any spam messages nor have I tried sticking my opinion down other people's throat. I write recipes and food related articles, I'm not exactly calling for the overthrow of silicon valley or for Jeb to be lobotomised (though the latter does hold some appeal). Mind you, American politics being what they are that might make him a shoo-in.
I do feel however that companies like google, facebook, eBay and Amazon have in a way become dictatorial fiefdoms that seem to have forgotten why they became huge in the first place.
I cannot pretend to know much about the do's and don'ts of google+ you try to add someone as a friend, follower, acquaintance etc only to have those people listed all as followers????
I am not so insecure that I need followers, google might but not me, I just would like to share my passion for food and occasionally food related issues. But Google like others has become a bureaucracy, without the checks and balances that other governments have in the form of elections, so they go around issuing petty little "laws" just because they can.
Lazily, like lots of other "users" I allow google and the like to monitor far too much of my life, my purchase choices, the sites I surf, allowing them to make money off me and this is how I am treated, like a naughty school boy who has broken some ridiculous rule I didn't even know existed? On Facebook, I have 4,113 "friends" but don't tell Zuckerberg or I will be put on the naughty step.
Now don't get me wrong............. I think the founders of these very successful ground breaking companies deserve credit but they also need to think about unforeseen consequences, such as the added snooping capabilities they have given to various governments. And whilst they have people who wish to micro manage my life, they have become too big and too busy to answer a phone unless I live at Number 10 or the Whitehouse.
At what point does this encroachment on my person become an infringement of my liberties? Perhaps we need a crusading ex-worker to perform a public service akin to Edward Snowden or Julian Assange and help push back against these unregulated quasi-governments? But since these giants own or run so much of the world -wide web how on earth would this future whistle blower go about exposing the excesses?
Perhaps they will be forced to write it down on paper and then auction it on Ebay to make a killing? Then for the next few weeks our brave whistle blower will be subjected to endless advertisements from Amazon offering them cut price rip off copies on the same book printed in China.