Degoogling myself

Over the last few years, I've become increasingly aware of how much I relied on “free” services online, how “free” means supported by ads and my data, and how much I resent this model.

So I've set out on a mission to “degoogle” myself as much as possible by identifying alternatives to such services that truly respect my privacy and that I can support by other means than my data.

Finding and joining has been a fairly big driver in this process. It's a great community and I hope to be able to contribute more in the future. I recommend checking it out, especially if you're based in or around Copenhagen.

Here's a break-down of where I was and where I am now:

Type of service Previous service(s) Considerations Switched/switching to Cost
E-mail Gmail, MS 365 Tuta Proton Mail (*) $3.49/month
Socials (generic) Facebook, Twitter Had brief stints at and (Mastodon) part of membership (300 DKK/year)
Socials (photos) Instagram Have created accounts with, but haven't used it yet free
Books Goodreads StoryGraph The Library of the Uncommons (Bookwyrm) free
Search engine Google DuckDuckGo (better, but still ads) Kagi Search $6.30/month (duo plan)
Office apps Google Docs MS 365, Nextcloud Office undecided, still trying out (NextCloud) part of membership (300 DKK/year)
Maps Google Maps Apple Maps, OSM haven't made the switch yet

My journey is far from over, but I feel I've made significant progress in the last year. I hope to come back to this post and make more additions to the table above.

Are you also trying to degoogle yourself? What choices have you made?

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