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@enkiv2 as I have no use for online ads, I find Google as a whole to be too sketchy a company to deal with for any service I (or my employers) would actually pay for; for all their many faults even /Microsoft/ does a better job of this!
i.e its possible for a medium size business to actually speak to real humans if needed, which Google seems to more actively discourage at every point
@enkiv2 adblockers do work well against most Google services (at least on desktop, I don't use mobile web much due to small screens and getting older); but I was thinking about the perspective of a medium size business *buying* ads or wanting to use Google office suite with (paid) business grade support - which of course no one is going to do if this support is less than competitors *and* services keep disappearing. MS changing things is bad enough but they do at least warn you first..
@enkiv2 as for profiling, I managed to confuse Google enough with my *normal* traffic to the point they don't even trust their own data to work out what part of Northern Europe I am actually from, and deliver my search results in any combination of English, German and Dutch (the UI's switch languages randomly too!). And even funnier if I search for info on bagpipes (the music of which I genuinely enjoy) they think I am a bot 😆
Buying ads seems like just a generally bad idea. (As distinct from, say, eating the cost of a product or service to a few reviewers.) If there's anything that ad-tech has taught us, it's that ads don't really work & the whole industry is pretty much floating on plausible deniability & very occasional novelty-related spikes in effectiveness.
@enkiv2 I think the adtech companies pissed on their own chips about 15 years ago; I didn't even find the need to bother with adblockers back then and where ads existed they made sense - such as going to a UK/European hobby electronics website and you might see ads for Radiospares, Farnell/CPC etc alongside forum threads with honest discussions of what equipment/components from these places works well and what does not..
Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.
A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.