It is not often than I find myself as part of a news story, but this certainly is one. When I am not writing here, I keep a small Google Blogger site where I like to rant and rave about whatever catches my interest. With an average readership of about 25 per day, you would hardly class this as a huge commercial success. So it was with some surprise that I received an email from Google, which informed me:

Your blog at: http://zzsimonb.blogspot.com/ has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog.g?lockedBlogID=xxxxxxxxx

Your blog will be deleted within 20 days if it isn’t reviewed, and you’ll be unable to publish posts during this time. After we receive your request, we’ll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. If this blog doesn’t belong to you, you don’t have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won’t be affected.

Of course my first thought was that this was a phishing scheme, but logging on I discovered that was the ‘full meal deal’. So I went through my template, and of course my comments. I can see nothing that is spammy. My next stop was the Google Blogger news group. That was most revealing. It seems that I am not alone. Many people have been locked out of their blogs.

Way back when, when Blogger news was in its embryo stage we used Blogger, it was cheap, it was cheerful, but we soon realized that if you are going to have hundreds of writers it maybe was not the best platform. I kept my Blogger account, for the ‘man in the street’ that just wants to post the occasional rant it can not be beat.

Needless to say, this latest go around with Blogger is making me rethink the entire adventure.

Cloud Computing is the new hot subject, and I like the idea of having my information and tools in the cloud. But if the owner of the cloud suddenly takes my access away, well I am TOAST.

While it is not important that my account on Blogger has been set so that I cannot post new articles, it does bring into question the whole concept of Cloud Computing. Why would I subscribe to having remote data and remote applications if someone outside of my control, and anonymous to boot, can decide that I can no longer have access?

Now, what was that Google mantra? Oh yeah, I remember “Do No Evil”.

Simon Barrett

http://zzsimonb.blogspot.com

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