Google, Fuck YOUR convergence, you crossed the line, you slut.
That google mail account was pretty nifty, handy, reliable.
To get a mail account, I had to get a google account. So I did a long time ago, with my real name. It didn't matter, because I would be giving out this mail address to other people in real life and they would know the owner of e-mail.
Then google bought Youtube, for which I didn't want to have an account, because they are clearly tracking what you watch and they are saving that information. Eventually google started to ask me to combine my google account with youtube account, for which I believe I replied "No"
Today I saw this on youtube : "You are logged in to YouTube with your Google Account! Learn more."
Here is what they have under "Learn more" :
"Using your Google Account, you can now log into YouTube and access many features previously available only to users who set up a YouTube Channel. Once logged in with your Google Account, you can now like videos, subscribe to channels, and flag videos using just your Google Account. You can also add videos to Watch Later.
While you're logged in, YouTube will keep track of your viewing history, and use videos you’ve watched, videos you’ve liked, and your subscriptions to recommend other videos for you to enjoy. With 48 hours of video uploaded every minute, we’re sure to find you at least a couple more videos worth watching!
Over the months ahead, we will be enabling additional YouTube features to work with your Google Account. At present, some YouTube features (for example, uploading videos, commenting on videos) continue to require a YouTube Channel; at any time while logged into YouTube with your Google Account, you may upgrade to a YouTube Channel to use these features. Over time, we expect all of these features to work with either your Google Account or your YouTube Channel.
We will update our Help Center resources to document additional features as they’re released to work with your Google Account. We hope that you enjoy your more personalized YouTube experience!"
That's fucking it, I like google, I really do, but unfortunately all my accounts have to go.
They are tracking what you watch, what you search for, your e-mails and they collect it all in their database under YOUR name.
They are converging all the sources of info they can get about you and they don't care to ask you if you are ok with it, anymore.
When they were saving the searches of users around the world to provide better service - I was fine with it . It was cool.
This ? How do you explain THIS ?
Maybe I am paranoid and silly, maybe they know what's better for me, but I am NOT doing this forced facebook bullshit. I will not let some private entity to gather all my personal data for years.