@aral Congrats! my only issue is google photos and drive, tried to replace it with syncthing, but it's not there yet
@aral Now I’ve the good stuff with me, thank you!
@abdhessuk WOW THEY HAVE FACE RECOGNITION APP! YOU BOUGHT ME IN! I'M ABOUT TO BUY A NEW DEDICATED SERVER ONLY FOR NEXTCLOUD!
>I deleted my whole freaking Google account
Holy crap. You are a braver person than I
@aral wow nice! what a start to the new year!
@aral what’d ya end up moving to?
@amirrajan I haven’t been using Google’s products for a long time now (except, rarely, to peek at their search results on a private browser session to see how they compare to my main engine, DuckDuckGo). Nothing they make is irreplaceable.
I use a variety of different products and services. E.g., Fastmail for email, Wire/Signal for private communication, native calendaring apps across Linux and iOS/Mac via the iCal standard via iCloud (also see NextCloud), etc.
@moonman Looks like I’m still following you :)
@aral cool. I’ll check out fast mail thanks 🎉
I've taken a full backup and stopped using my Google account like 6 months ago but didn't delete it.
In case of Facebook, I kept my account unused for 4 long years before I finally deleted it.
I think I'll let at least a whole year pass for my Google account too to really make sure that I don't need it for anything. I've deactivated everything except Gmail already. Letting go of all the purchased Android apps was a bit painful though.
@aral dont you need a google account for android to work? its been a while but i thought it did
When you install one of the various android opensource replacements (which, admittedly, is not the easiest thing to do with some phones/tablets) you have the option to never install the google cruft.
fdroid provides a decent number of applications which don't need it.
And the devices run faster.
I am NOT sure you can get away from the overall tracking of the device/where you are. That is external data.
@aral Well done Sir!
I've been retreating from Google for over a year now, but my issue is that I have a fair amount of content (films, books mainly) tied up in their systems & require an account to access it.
I suppose it will come to a point where the costs & my impulse to use the content over time, will weigh against my ethical & privacy/security concerns enough to force me to leave the content behind and move on.
Theres not a viable way to salvage the content from the invasive DRM sadly.
@aral But will your data really deleted? Or only be blocked?
@aral short amount of time might be forever :D
@aral Lovely. The only reason I’m keeping my Google account around is YouTube.
@aral Next stop Apple?
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