Yet, here I am, in a cord cutting mood, inspired by Apple’s new found confidence in differentiating itself from the competition. Apple CEO Tim Cook says Google is Apple’s biggest competitor, thanks to Android OS. Cook also point out what is true but not obvious.
Apple’s business is not dependent upon collecting your personal data and selling it to advertisers. That’s what Google does. You’re not a user to Google. You’re the product. Google makes money by tracking what you do, what you watch, what you read, what you write, what you save. Privacy and security are important to me, and Google is not in favor of privacy or security.
So, without further adieu, I’m cutting the cord. No. More. Google.
To be honest about it, dumping Google is not easy. The company is everywhere.
Here are the easy ways to unhook from Google. I stopped using Gmail and deleted the account. I stopped using Google as my search engine. No more Google + (stupid name, anyway). For iPhone, iPad, and Mac I use Apple Maps and not Google’s maps.
More difficult in the anti-Google process is unhooking YouTube. It doesn’t really have any competition, though I suspect my IQ might go up a few points if I just didn’t watch YouTube at all. I moved photos from Picasa to Yahoo’s Flickr long ago (more storage anyway).
What’s left? Google Earth. I like that app. Google Translate, too. There are other methods to translate but Google’s seems to be the best and is priced right. Look at the List of Google Products to see which ones you use, which ones you could without, and consider all the ways Google makes money by culling information about you, in exchange for a bunch of free applications.