Welcome to the new Google GroupsPress question mark for a list of keyboard shortcutsThe new Google Groups is an improved way to participate in online discussions.
This is after last week my blog disappeared and I was instructed to give them my cellphone number to correct the problem. I sent them an alternative email instead.
So why am I being offered to connect with everyone?
All of your discussions in one placeOrganize with favorites and folders, choose to follow along via email, and quickly find unread posts.
Express yourselfUse rich-text editing to customize your posts with fonts, colors, and images.
People power discussionsUse photos, nicknames, and automatic translations to share your thoughts with the world.
Speed mattersKeyboard shortcuts and a streamlined design mean you won’t spend time waiting to read and get involved. Press "?" to see the full list of shortcuts.
Shesh...guess I'm going to have to surf with a different browser than the one I am signed in with.
But the privacy issue is not the only one.
You see, blogging at least lets us discuss complicated issues with 500 word essays: Tweeting and facebook are "soundbite" media, that allow mainly namecalling and distortions of complicated issues. In other words, they are increasing the inability of Americans to understand what and why others disagree with them, but lets them live in an echochamber of newspeak slogans and five minutes of hate.