Reducing my Google dependency

March 2, 2019

As a fan of their search engine, I quickly jumped to try lots of Google’s services. Even before having an smartphone I was already using GMail or Google Calendar. With time, I started using many other services from them as they keep providing and ever more integrated experience:

Trying to find some alternatives

However with time I was getting more concerned about the amount of information they were gathering about me. I guess awakening point was when I bought a phone with Google Assistant and by default it was aware of my location. It became a bit scary for instance when it offered traffic advice after realizing it was my time to go home after work. That, combined with the fact that, after going public, they even stopped trying not to be evil, made me think about other alternatives.

This is what I achieved so far:


To be honest, they provide great solutions. Is not just the point that they are so nicely integrated, if you want to switch you normally have to give up to some functionalities. Since I’m pragmatic what I’ve done so far is to replace the services that I’ve found good-enough alternatives or, in some cases, I use two services for the same thing. However I think it’s a good exercise to realize how much we depend on one single company.

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