In 2003 when I started my first blog it was exciting. A brave new place where I could interact with the world, share my ideas, interact with people I would otherwise have no contact with. Since then a lot has changed.
The Internet itself has not changed all that much. It is still the same as it was in 2003 before Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, and go down the list. The problem is, today, technology companies are drunk on your information which is making them rich at your expense and mine. Tech companies are posting record profits and what do we get out of it? Censorship!
I admit my first blog was nothing more than a basic webpage. It had no login capabilities. My unhealthy relationship with Silicon Valley has slowly gotten worse over time. Just a little here and a little here. Before the Silicon Valley giants got in the game people could drive by and post a comment without identifying themselves. Trolls weren’t really a thing back then. I wrote entirely about technology and the latest new things I was playing with, in my lab.
As more and more people got online, more and more people looked for a place that was EASY to be a part of. Enter Facebook. Facebook made it easy. Just sign up, invite your friends, and boom you have an instant community. You can talk about whatever you wanted. Little did we know, that easy would become our own downfall. Now they have power over us.
Around the very early beginning of the 2008 election cycle, Facebook created its newsfeed team. It was 2006 to be exact. During the 2008 election cycle, Facebook honed their skills. It was during this time they start to curate what you did and did not see in your feed.
They said they wanted to help people see what they are interested in. By 2012 they had it down to a science. Like Clockwork, Obama won another term. Despite the radical change being made in society, somehow this man got re-elected. Millions of Americans were astonished and surprised.
In 2016 everyone had started to figure out that Facebook was a powerful tool. Following the 2016 election, all hell broke loose because Liberals needed someone to blame. They blamed Facebook. The question no one was asking, is why did Liberals think Facebook had something to do with it. The answer is simple, they did the same things in 2008 and 2012. They had been playing mind games with us for nearly a decade.
Their arrogance led them to think that Conservatives and us “stupid” Trump Supporters could never figure it out. That’s when Mark Zuckerberg first started to call on the Federal Government to regulate Facebook. This may seem like a good idea, but make no mistake about it. What Mark Zuckerberg wants is to solidify his monopoly on Social Media. He wants to cut out all the competition.
In return for protection from the Federal Government, he will gladly allow Federal Regulators to dictate what can and can’t be said on his platform. He is willing to sacrifice your right to free speech to make himself even richer. His recent renewed calls for regulation have forced me to think long and hard about my relationship with Silicon Valley. So, here we are.
Let’s be honest. I feel like someone who is stuck in an abusive relationship. The psychopath that I am closely connected to is a self-absorbed narcissist and only cares about themselves. They want me to tell them all about my relationships, you. They want to control who I can and cannot talk to, you. They want complete control of me, and you, while we must submit entirely to them.
This relationship isn’t working for me anymore. Enough is enough. That leads me to my most recent change on my blog website. I have decided to BLOCK most of the Silicon Valley giants from even being allowed to access my site. In order to protect you from my abuser, I must cut ties completely.
In the recent past, my site used Google Analytics, which shared your information with Google. Their Analytics made it easy for me to see what was going on with my site. That is gone, I do this myself now. I also use Cloudflare which protects your information and mine and protects my website from hackers.
I used WordPress’ Jetpack plugin which shared my information and yours with WordPress, who happens to be owned by Google. No more, they’re gone.
I used a product called Sendgrid for emails and OneSignal for browser push (those popups you get). Yep, they’re gone too, I moved my email infrastructure in house, and dropped Browser push because it just makes people mad at me. I might bring this back but it will be entirely in house. I’ll do it myself if I decide to bring it back.
I used Alexa to give my website a ranking, and again, you guessed it your information was shared with them too. I told them to hit the road as well. Just so you know Amazon owns Alexa.
I previously ran ads using a verity of services. Have a look now, they are gone too.
The bottom line is this. I am cutting ties with Silicon Valley completely. If you want to see what I’m up to you’ll have to come and check me out from time to time. No more sitting around wondering my links on Facebook will get shared, or if they will get buried under a mountain of Fake News.
As far as Ads go, I’ll be selling space on my site directly to advertisers I choose. No more of this I get 60% and they get the rest. I’ll make it simple for them. They don’t get your data, they just get a spot on my site for a month for a simple flat price. Take it or leave it!
My blog shares information with only one 3rd party. That 3rd party is Cloudflare, and they keep your data protected. Eventually, I’ll get myself off of their service, but that will take a lot more work. They can handle massive attacks that I cannot. Eventually, I’ll move away from them as well, but again, that will take some time.
So, if you want to see what I’m up to, subscribe to my Newsletter. If not, check back in whenever you think about it. After all, I’m not making any money off of this, at least right now. Silicon Valley can find someone else to provide them with the content you are interested in. I am no longer interested in being abused while they make all the money and have complete control of the conversation.
Bookmark my page, and sign up for my Newsletter, that is how you can stay in touch with me. If not, I bid you a warm farewell, enjoy the daily psychological abuse of Silicon Valley’s worst partners.
Don’t believe me, well see what they did to me on Facebook. They like having control and wasted no time shutting down my post.
They claimed my “image” in the post could not be boosted. LOL, What image. They just don’t want you to see this.