Of course, this is not strictly a privacy issue. I don’t think there is anything Google could learn about me that would be of use to them in a way that would negatively affect me.* The other side of this is the challenge of it all: Can I really get off Google?
So, in order to prepare for my departure, I’ve come up with a list of Google’s services that I will miss in order of my usage descending:
- Gmail (Google hosted email, for my domain)
- Contacts (I sync my phone with Google Contacts)
- Docs (I’m the treasurer of my co-op board, I use spreadsheets to make our budget, and share them. That will likely be the topic of another series of posts)
- Analytics (I take a look now and then at how my various sites are doing)
And for completeness, here is a list of things I won’t miss:
- Google Ads (if I can prevent these from being displayed to me on any website, I’d call that a win)
- Privacy concerns
- Google Plus (For that matter, I wouldn’t miss Facebook either)
- Picassa (I’ve always maintained my photo album offline)
My next post will focus on alternatives to the products I use and ways to prevent Google Ads from displaying.
*The government could subpoena my records, and I just don’t see them coming up with anything useful, but who knows.
**This may actually be impossible. I make websites for a living, I’m going to have to test in Chrome. Additionally, since I uninstalled Flash on my Mac, I use Chrome as my Flash viewer. Great decision, but it may interfere with my ability to stop using Chrome, as some websites just require it.