Facebook again

Is there no such thing as a privacy setting worth the candle on Facebook?   I know my eldest has recently deleted her profile, but that’s more for personal reasons.

This morning I found out that Facebook granted advertisers access to members sites, even the ‘friends only’.  For a company that allegedly tried to smear Google, I wonder what planet these guys are on.  This rather vindicates my decision to erase my Facebook profile,  although it keeps coming back like a bad curry.  I’m rapidly developing the opinion that Facebook is a social vampire, sucking your real life away.  Well, it’s as bloody hard to kill.  I thought I’d finally disposed of mine after following the detailed instructions, then finding the bloody thing had risen from the crypt more times than Dracula.

So no more Belgian news, eh?

A Belgian Newspaper has just won an injunction against Google for linking to their online French news service. See item here. Foot shot the in. Unless their content is so hot it burns up the street I think maybe this is a retrograde step. No doubt falling advertising revenue may change their minds. Google’s news link is free publicity. The move makes no real sense.

Blogger down

Blogger has been down for longer than I can ever remember. Seeing as most of the sidebar links on my old Blogspot blog are to Blogger hosted content, this has meant posting is suspended. I’m wondering why a business model would allow its customer base to be off line for so long. These blogs generate traffic, traffic means business, and without business (At least as a loss leader). After a while you don’t have a business.

There is the thought that ‘super injunctions’ have been served over the content hosted on said blogs, and therefore Blogspots current owners have elected to prevent further posting until the heat dies down, but that’s only a theory. On the other hand, maybe the idiotic ‘Contra Mundum’ faction are desperately trying to cover their tracks. Sorry chaps, but the fox is loose, and so are the hounds. There are other platforms. Shut down Twitter, Blogger, whatever, but the army of Davids are out there with slingshots ready.

Regarding the super injunctions, frankly, I don’t care which stupid ‘Celebrity’ or ‘Sports personality’ has been parking their willy or with whom, or what intoxicant they’ve been stuffing into any available bodily orifice. Silencing free speech is a greater crime than simply ‘fessing up, saying ‘whatever’, then we can get on with digging the dirt on real injustice, corruption, and exposing untruths (or maybe creating a few for fun). The lamestream do it. Sauce for the Goose and all that.

Maybe I’ll migrate here permanently. On the other hand….

Update: Content posted after May 11th has vanished…… Ah ha!

Update: It’s cock up rather than conspiracy.

Fallback position

Recently Blogger has been up and down like a manic depressive elevator (Hah!  You thought I was going to say whore’s knickers – surprise!)  Posting has been impossible, ergo I’m setting up shop here as a backup position.  This blog has been lying idle for quite some time,but perhaps WordPress should be given a second chance.

Back to wordpress

I’ve been with blogger for so long I think I’ve been getting a bit complacent. The free tools that made it such a cute little platform are beginning to pall. Haloscan is no longer available as a free service, which is a pain, but there you go.

Did try to make a WordPress blog once, but it never went anywhere. Will migrate and see what I can do with this new blog.

Expatriate expostulations from Canada; a.k.a. A Sarcastic man abroad trying to stay in the middle of the road without getting run over.

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