personalized news feedAt least they’ve given us a way to opt our of their personalized news feed! It’s Google I’m talking about.

Remember when “don’t be evil” was their Motto? Sigh.

On July 19th, 2017, the implemented their personal news feed. (Actually they started this in 2009 – this iteration is scary.)

I only found out about it because I was looking for a blog topic and went to Google news to search on ‘writing.’

There is a whole new menu of stuff on the left of the Google news page.

Third from the top on my screen, for the moment at least is, the choice to “opt out of personalization”.

I clicked that and it lead to Mashable’s  Google is using your entire search history to create a personalized news feed. 

Profits before people and understanding is evil

The article quotes – well that suddenly won’t work, I’m forced to use Facebook share which screws up the page formatting here, and stops me from quoting. WTF? And it was a nice quote from Sundar Pichai’s who is some sort of high-up vice president ( yeah, I got several answers) saying this was Google’s answer to it’s filter bubble problem. [click to continue…]

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multiple writing clientsHaving multiple writing clients will save you and your business – I promise.

Reduce the number of clients to just one, and no matter how reliable and how well they paid, your courting disaster.

And I know how tempting it is. That single client who pays your monthly nut and more is so tempting to keep relying on.

After all, you know what you’re doing for them. The work has gotten easier and since they have you on retainer you’re actually making more per hour than you were at the start.

Besides, the idea of doing what it takes to get multiple clients is so easy to postpone.

You already know the problem

When you’re honest  with yourself you already know the problem of having a single client. If they let you go for any reason you and your business are in trouble.

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