This error message began creeping up this week:
google.com is blocked
google.com refused to connect.
And appears with increasing frequency.
Maybe Google is too poor to be able to serve everyone? I’ve noticed the search results worsen, as this blog’s covered. Is this the reason I can’t use it any more? Or is it the fact I say that the company should be hit with a negligence lawsuit over its advertising business?
Whatever money they’re making, it’s not going to improve search. We know it funds misinformation.
It is a remarkably thin-skinned company. I remember when my anti-Google posts on Google Plus would get censored. There was that time Vivaldi lost its Adwords account after its CEO criticized Google. Or how a critic at a Google-funded think-tank got fired after criticizing Google. Coincidences? Google will want you to think so.
It is American, and there are websites there that are run by people who don’t believe in the World Wide part of the World Wide Web. The US version of Auto Trader is blocked to our entire country, and I suspect it only works inside theirs. I guess they don’t want their customers’ products to be exported. Google might be in the same boat now.
Oh well, I always said if Google vanished, we’d all find alternatives in a flash. And as it does vanish regularly now, I find it has not interrupted a thing.
It was a last-resort search engine and I never used Gmail. I might finally be able to remove the Feedburner stuff off my blog. Don’t think I used it for anything else.
For the record, I don’t use a VPN. I have Privacy Badger, though I also have a unique fingerprint. And I will click through to Google from Mojeek on occasion. Make of that what you will.
On that last one, it’s pretty easy to break the habit and to go from Mojeek to Yandex or somewhere else if I wanted an additional search. The world actually doesn’t need Google (in fact it might improve without it), and it hasn’t been my search default since 2010. It’s well past its prime, which I think was around 2003. Good riddance.