My De-Googling Journey

Posted on 11th Apr 2020

"Don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right - speak up!"
— Google's Code of Conduct

Let me start by saying this: I do NOT hate Google! It's quite the opposite, they have good hardware, good software, their services work quite well and they are part of the life of so many people around the world, maybe not part of some folks' lives from North Korea or China but, you get what I'm trying to say.

The Problem

The thing with Google is, think about it, they are a private company with the freedom to release and discontinue any service or software they decide to, there is even a virtual graveyard for all its dead projects.

Now, imagine if after many years using their services and, believe me, there are so many of them that you may even be using something without knowing its owned by Google, they decide to stop providing that service, or any service for that matter. This would be bad enough if it weren't also for the several privacy and ethical concerns surrounding the company.

The Solution

As the saying goes: "Enough is enough!", I decided to de-Google my life, to break free from their ecosystem even though the odds of removing their services completely are quite low. Nevertheless, I've been trying to find alternatives to, at least, the main services I use, you know, anything is better than nothing.

For me, the design is a plus but not essential, I like things simple but fully-functioning. I don't mind using a relatively "ugly" tool as long as it provides me with all the features I need. I also believe that one of the hardest things for most people, is the peer-pressure, family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers, using Google services and belittling their efforts.

That being said, don't forget to check back here in the next few days, I'm gonna be posting about the replacements chosen so far and whether (or how) they affected my workflow.

Are you planning on de-Googling?

Keep in mind that, this is not an easy task, the more into their ecosystem you are, the hardest it's going to be to break free from it. If you have any suggestions or feel like sharing your experience, please do contact me, I'd be happy to read your comments.

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