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I don't want google to be part of my life, to be my (oh-so-fake-moronic-marketing-style) *friend*; I just want them to provide the goods and services they purport to provide.
They, on the other hand, seem to think that they should act as if they were part of my family, constantly sending me messages and talking to me in far-too familiar tones about what browser, etc, I should use, how nice they are about my privacy, and so on.
It's because they talk to me as if we were buddies that I use Yahoo search. They never pop up messages, or add them to the top of search results, and nor to they continually spam me with "Hey, Buddy!" e-mails; they just do their job.
So I never even see the doodles/Easter eggs that these oh-so-lovely "friends of mine" make, and e-mails from them are redirected to a look-in-here-when-you-feel-like-getting-p1ssed-off-with-marketing-morons directory (which I usually only check after logging in on new android devices).
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Odd - I play the google games and visit the various celebratory creations they make.
Never get anything from them. I don't have a gmail account, or for that matter, no social network connections (except CP - is/isn't that pathetic?). I don't even like sending email to gmail accounts as they can still profile me via the TOS agreed to by those with such accounts.
Maybe helpful? I use firefox with an ad-blocker, flash-cookie killer, and Ghostery's blocking of all those other little nasties. I'll often open/click/follow CP Offers - gotta do my bit.