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You’ve probably heard by now that Google is changing its privacy policy as of March 1, 2012. But have you read the new policy yet?

Google explains the new policy as an integration of all of their policies and products into one, so as to better be able to serve their users. I am one of those people who lets Google run my life. I have an Android phone, jumped on the Google+ bandwagon and I use Google products for just about everything possible. Like many of you, I have become pretty dependent on Google. Fortunately when I read their policy I didn’t think it actually looked so terrible as it has been made out to be. Especially because you can opt out of ads and set preferences to not save your search history. I’m not sure what the big deal is about these changes.

Yes, there are a few things that sound scary at first, but then I remember that Google already has all of my information (the new policy doesn’t give it access to more) and they do a pretty good job of keeping it safe.

This video, sent by a dear friend, sums up the issues pretty nicely:

(Note to Google: If you ever want to hire me to write content for you, y’all should know how to find me as you have my email address, phone number, GPS location, etc…)

Last week my dad mentioned that it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog and my readers at home were asking about me. It’s true I haven’t written in a while, and so much has happened in that time. I got a job, which I love even though it’s over an hour and a half commute each way. Then there was passover. Our small apartment was crammed full of guests, just as we like it. My mom came, which was an absolute pleasure. I have a new little baby niece. She’s a super cutey and I can’t stop making her headbands and looking at pictures my sister sends. These aren’t really excuses for not blogging, but I just wanted you to know that I didn’t forget about you, I’ve just been fantastically busy, fortunately only with good things.

I quickly adjusted to the workload at work, but the commute really takes a lot out of me. By the time I get home I’m drained of all energy and creativity. Last week I finally got a smart phone. I was perfectly content with my semi-intelligent phone, but with my daily phone calls throughout my lengthy commute my husband was becoming less content with our phone bill. Our service provider also noticed the change and called to offer us a better plan (that happened to come with a better phone).
I was never one of those people who must check her email every spare second. In fact, I’m the kind of person who often avoids checking email for up to a week, so I’m not really sure what to do with a smart phone. I got some advice from friends, but I’m still exploring all the features and options and apps my new, shiny, brilliant phone offers me. It didn’t take me long to discover the wordpress app. Now I can write while I’m on the bus to/from the office. So as I sit in the terrible traffic in Jerusalem I can share my thoughts with my family, friends and online community. This is still new and exciting and I’m still figuring it out, but hopefully I’ll be able to write more frequently (and play lots of Angry Birds).

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