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It took 4 months to cut the tentacles away, but on 15 OCT I deleted my Google acct. For over 15 yrs I naively trusted... while they collected every imaginable piece of personal information about me. I gladly used the "free" services (gmail, youtube, voice, drive, maps). The convenience was wonderful but I was selling my soul... then slowly realized I had given up my rights. I assume my data is still on their servers(how long?) but starting 15 OCT I am reclaiming my right to privacy & freedom.

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@mat Congrats!! I still can't bring myself to do it..gmail i don't actively use anymore youtube i use as little as i can and always using alternative ways to access it but everything else...

I think what i will have a harder time with at the end is loosing the ability to "Hey google turn on the kitchen light" as silly/lazy as that sounds i LOVE being able to do that...

@SeanGeil @mat Congrats on de-googling. I'd be interested to know in your alternatives as well

@rd @SeanGeil Thank you for asking. It was migrating to the alternatives that took 4 months. I am honored to answer any questions...
Password mgr: yapet
Drive/Photos: ownCloud
Hangouts/Duo: matrix-synapse
Search engine: DuckDuckGo, Swisscows, MetaGer, Searx
Chrome: Tor, Firefox
Maps: OsmAnd, Qwart
Fonts: Font Squirrel
Gmail/calendar/contacts: mailbox.org
Voice: ooma.com
Analytics: goaccess.io
News:tt-rss.org
Youtube: LBRY
Youtube music: my mp3 library
Domains: namecheap.com, freedns.afraid.org

@mat @rd thx, that's a nice list. I'm always interested what the people are using as alternative services. I've a gmail too since the service went online years ago, but I've never used it for private mails and I'm not using it since years.

@SeanGeil @mat This is definitely a great list. My only remaining hooks into G are Gmail (which at this point, is just a secondary or maybe even tertiary email account now that I use ), Photos, and YouTube for how-to videos.

It felt really liberating deleting all of my Facebook accounts earlier this year, so I do know how good this can feel. Congrats

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