Thanks for the links to those lists. Makes for pretty depressing reading, sure, but some time ago (it was during the WAVE
fiasco) I belatedly twigged to the fact that whatever new service they were offering - no matter how good/useful or interesting it might seem - it was merely some kind of a BS market testing device to see what behaviours (demand, usage, types of usage patterns, etc.) it might trigger. They were always in Beta, so I have stopped using any of their products except Gmail, and now have a full backup strategy for when that gets killed (following the trend).
It's an interesting conundrum: What do you do with your research results when they reflect that your lab rats have awareness and start to realise they're being manipulated, tested and observed and so change their behaviours accordingly? Maybe you just focus on those lab rats that haven't evinced any sense of awareness yet, I don't know.
Sorry to use a cliché, but I found the potential for WAVE
to be quite "exciting" from an information management and collaboration perspective. I found Web Hosting in Google Drive
(2012 - 2016) particularly useful too, but stopped using it before I became dependent on it, assuming it would be killed off before long (it was). The main problems for users of any/most web or cloud-based services is that one generally has real risks to deal with:
- Lack of security of access and control.
- Lack of certainty that the service has any longevity for one's business needs - e.g., lack of certainty that the host or supplier will be in business 2 years from now to support the service.
- Lack of full ability for backup/restore, or migration.
Addressing mitigation of these risks would seem to be well-nigh impossible, when the service provider isn't showing all their cards and motivations - and there could be a relatively high price tag attached to mitigation anyway.
I used to be what is termed "an early adopter", but am now become a somewhat jaundiced late adopter.
We're all mostly unpaid beta-testers for Microsoft anyway. That was so with DOS, and now Windows 10.