I know being tracked by Google/Microsoft/Facebook wherever on the net is not something you really want, so I’ve made a couple of changes lately to mitigate that. I decided to get rid of my Facebook account, and it wasn’t easy. They have a creepy amount of data about you, and all this Facebook-enabled sites give information to Facebook. That, and the fact that it is a big time sucker, moved me to delete my account. If you want to know how to do it, read here.
My blog used to have Google Analytics, but now I’ve found a compelling, open-source, alternative: Piwik. It has a very nice interface, and there is a WordPress plugin to easily integrated it. So, if you are visiting this blog, you are no longer tracked by Google Analytics.
Now that I’m talking about privacy, I just want to add that I do use Google’s search engine, buzz, gmail, reader and picasa. Google search results are the best, so I don’t think I will be switching to something else anywhere soon; I’m alternating buzz and twitter as my “social” networks, I don’t like the alternatives to picasa or reader, so I’m sticking to them. And yes, I trust Google more than I trust Facebook.