It's been such a long time since my last post. I'm back. But this time, I'm back without Google. I dropped Google Analytics, Google CDN, and Google Web Fonts. This is for ATIA Web Space. But moreover, I dropped Google Search as the-go-to search engine.
Oh please wait. I like Google. Google has great products. I use many of them on daily basis but Google 2014 is no longer Google 2004.
Being a software developer, one of the things I get to learn over years is, Openness. I believe in Open Web, Open Web standards and Open Competition. I believe in web people rights, a right to roam the internet with privacy, a right to protect personal data and online identity, a right to track the trackers.
Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin, told the Guardian in an interview on April 2012
There are very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world. I am more worried than I have been in the past … it's scary.
Now it is 2014, the post-Snowden era, and the question is, Google is friend or threat to the open internet? I would say, it is a threat. Please think for a minute in your web activities, you will get to realize that you are not roaming the internet but instead you are roaming Google Services and many others served by Google Services. Please think for a minute in Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Blogger, Google+, Analytics, AdSense, AdWords, Docs, Drive, Chrome, Maps, Hangouts, and Talk etc...
Yes, those are great products. But it is too more than enough now (post-Snowden era) for Google which sank over years in tons of concerns, all are related to the pillars of open internet and user rights. Concerns like misuse and manipulation of search results, violation of people's privacy, censorship of search results and content and moreover, monopoly of the web.
Google is just an example among too many other companies but we would like to see Google as it should be not Google of today.
It could be alarming if we change our internet habits a little bit and embrace as many free and open alternatives. You can give a try to some other search engines, media sharing web sites, web browsers, cloud storage, instant messaging etc...