More to the point, how do I live without Google? Well, I said I’d let you know how it goes, and this is me doing it.
Here’s a little recap. This all comes from me being burned by the death of Google Reader. Just a few months ago, I was somebody who used as many of Google’s services as I could. Now I’m on a quest to remove as many of them as possible, from my life, and replace everything with a new service.
Already, I’ve replaced Google’s contact sync, and Calendar, with iCloud services. It was almost instant, extremely easy, and hasn’t come close to going wrong so far. I’m also using iCloud for some notes and reminders too. Notes and reminders that aren’t being handled by iCloud, are dealt with by Evernote. Evernote is an absolutely fantastic service that can be used for free by just about everyone.
Now it’s time to dump a couple more Google services. Picasa and Drive. Picasa is going the way of the Dodo, ever so slowly, and ever so quietly. Without saying a word, Google are moving all Picasa services over to Google+. I can sort of understand why they’d do that, but it’s not for me. Time to take the photos to another place. After looking around, I’ve decided to go back to Flickr. Although Flickr is part of Yahoo, I very much feel like it’s a service on the up. Over the last few months, it has become clear that Yahoo see Flickr as a very important services and are actively taking steps to make things better and better. They certainly aren’t trying to squeeze it into a social network that not many people use.
At the moment I pay Google for storage. Just $4.99 per month, for 100GB. That storage is taken up by everything I store in the Google universe. So email, photos, and files all eat into it. If I’m not using Google+ to store all my photos, then I don’t need to be paying for the extra storage. Besides, I’ve got Dropbox, which has always been a superior online file storage system. The only thing I really use Google Drive for now, is shared documents, such as podcast agendas. I’ll still be able to do that for free.
That’s Picasa and Drive totally replaced with Flickr and Dropbox. That saves me money, and it means I don’t have to have the Drive background app running all the time too.