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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spreading my Net-Self Thinner

Interestingly as an early-adopter and heavy-user, I found giving up Facebook relatively painless. However, wiggling my way out from under Google seems a tougher task. Changing my email to an alternative provider was easy. Yet during a trial earlier this month, I sorely missed the usefulness of 'near me' Google searches. I switched back. Consolidation just begets more and more of it.

A few areas of my Internet activity tip towards huge, alternative Internet companies. For instance, I book facets of travel on my Expedia account far too often. At least choices exist. I have purchased expensive air tickets from other companies. Getting to them is simple with the help of sites such as Kayak, or Trivago. They can send me directly to alternate vendors. Before I retired, travel had to be booked for specific dates. I seldom needed the 'big picture' in pricing. In order to try getting an overview of good deals, I defaulted to Hopper (on Android).

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Now suddenly, I find myself back on Google! They surely have a vast number of tentacles reaching into all sorts of places. I am always fascinated when I remember to visit Google Flights. It's not a service they push, but it is a great resource. I don't even notice time passing when I am in the middle of trying numerous scenarios. There is magic in big data, especially when it feels as though it's not directly my own.

(Now, with a substantial amount of irony, I must mention that this text sits somewhere on Blogger servers.)


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