Google Analytics lets the websites you use...
And Google do the same. Don't get me wrong, we use Google Analytics on our site as well. But I still don't get the benefit to me.
That may be true. But if so, companies need to start running QA on the ads they serve. I don't like animation, sounds or drive-by installers.
. If no-one used Google Analytics or viewed ads, they would have fewer sites to use, and the sites they could use wouldn't be improved based on their users' habits. They would have confusing navigation, and the users' flow between pages of interest would be convoluted, making the sites harder to use.
I would contend they would have better navigation - at least for me. So many people who think like me turned off any extraneous connection to Google - including Analytics - years ago, so that the people now "voting" are not representative of me or my use habits. Hence, among other things, the new /. Beta.
Nor would my singular action produce enough of an effect to warrant the cost to me of Google developing a more complete profile.
If you want to go back to the internet of the late 90s, fine - but to be ignorant of the benefits is just being lazy.
Still, haven't heard any benefits for me to participate.
But yeah, speed aside, I'm not sure why people hate on the early 00's internet. It had great things like a separation of form and function.
But the things you're thinking about definately came later.