Going, Going. GoogleGone!

I thought I’d jump in here and post something quickly–before the Google empire decides to disappear again.

First thing this morning, I could get anyplace on the web EXCEPT if it was owned by Google.

No Gmail. No Blogger. No Adsense reports. No personal search history page. Google News was there but sluggish.

Now, mail is back–sort of–and has been SENDING a single short email now for several minutes, and will probably crash. So I’m expecting the same thing to happen when I try to send this post–wanna bet?

So just in the way of a warning if you’re online day is just starting: the bridge to Google may be out. That the entire empire can be effected (by a server-swarm failure, by a hacker, by whatever) gives one pause before investing fully in the Google empire of apps. At least it does me.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Right on Fred – I now back up mail and calendar in my Apple equivalent. Scary to be so dependent – you also have Blogger. I find that nearly all my apps now are Google – I even use docs – I read you on Reader

    Off to France
    All the best