I used to love Google services and their policy of ‘don’t be evil.’ The anagram solver tells me that the phrase turns into the word ‘violented.’ Well I definitely feel whatever that means.
I was a huge fan of Google Reader and Google Analytics. I even setup and managed google analytic accounts for websites that I created for clients. Not today.
I do understand it is probably cliche in the ever-growing hipster-tech community to be anti-google but I really don’t want to have my digital life attached to a single service where I am the product, which is also the reason I have a largely vacant Facebook account.
Here is what I have found out there to replace google (I am not getting paid to endorse any of these services, I just love them because they work the same or better than Google’s version):
- Google Reader Fever
- Google Feedburner FeedPress (formerly URI.LV)
- Google Gmail Fastmail
- Google Drive OwnCloud
- Google Docs FengOffice
- Google Analytics Mint
You run Fever, OwnCloud, and FengOffice on your own server with your own domain. For instance, I have my fever installation at jamescampbell.us/fever. If you need help setting this up, send me a message via one of my contact methods below.