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Writer's Block: Google Founded

Ten years ago today, Google was founded. In that time, how has Google changed your life, and do you ever go out of your way to avoid its omnipresent power?
Obviously, Google searching has changed my life, as it's instinctual to just Google things. Just the fact that I used the word "Google" as a verb should say something, though to be fair, maybe the next time I need to reboot because some process went tits-up, I can say the computer "Microsofted". I also significantly use Google Reader, and it's become my RSS reader of choice.

However, the other Apps bother me, especially their licensing rights. I do NOT want to make my reviews property of Google, as well as anything else I write. I'm very big on my work being mine, to the point where Widro and I locked horns over my reviews in 2006. This is why I really can't trust any third party with my information; the rules are slanted towards them and their legal might, and once I start trusting them, my work is no longer mine. I'm not too fond of how easily Google bent over for China, either. Who's to say that as America gets that much more authoritarian, that Google and other companies don't do the same thing to America's citizens? I hate censorship, and I hate corporatism... so I'm a little uncomfortable with how much people are going to rely on one company for all of it's information needs.

And though Google's business model is "don't be evil", that's now; who's to say that a future CEO, or a future board, will be so positive? I'm thinking down the road, and looking back at history, adn I'm not really liking what I'm seeing...