I Know Everything About You

Breaking up with the two major stalkers in your life

Do you remember a time before you used Google and/or Facebook for everything? I barely can.

Google and Facebook have the majority of the market when it comes to sucking all the data possible out of every ounce of our being. The services they provide are beneficial enough for people to revolve their social lives around. They have created new ways of staying in touch with family, friends, and co-workers that no one else can compete with. The squids have also given us the opportunity to learn about whatever it is we need to understand about our world within a few clicks. Evidently people like what these two behemoth companies have produced because billions of people use one or both of their services on a daily basis.

At what cost to ourselves are we allowing these two companies to gather vast amounts of information about our personal and public lives? This is a big question that I don’t have the answer for. What I do have is a drive to try and untangle myself from their networks as much as possible. Luckily there are plenty of people developing applications to help us begin the process of becoming free of these massive data hogging giants. So, in this series I’ll share a few ways I am trying to untangle myself and hopefully it will inspire you to do the same.

Here are the topics I will be covering:

  • Search
  • Web browsing
  • Messaging
  • Storage
  • Contacts / Calendar
  • Email
  • Social Media
  • Home Media (Music and Video)
  • Local Events

This will not be an exhaustive list, but something to get us moving in this direction. It is a long journey to untangle ourselves so save your strength. We’ll take them down bit by bit. If you have anything else you think would be good to add to the list of topics please add them in the comments.

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I write about technology, faith, and a smattering of other subjects.

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