Good Bye Google

This is not photography related, but it doesn’t matter. I decided to do a little (big) experiment. It is the Google. I realized I am too dependent on Google services. Actually, when on Internet, I mostly live in Google world. Google is everywhere. I made a little research of my Internet behavior and found out that I am actively using 17 services/products from Google.

Here is the list:

Google search
Google Translator
Google Analytics
Google Drive
Google Photos
Google Docs
Google Maps
Google +

They are great services and products. That’s why I have been using them. Suddenly I realized how much information Google corporation is collecting about me and my life. Google knows what I shop, what I do, what I listen and watch. Google knows what I search and what my interest are. Google probably knows what I think before my thought arises in my head. Well, I decided to try to stop using Google services and see if it is manageable. I know it sounds wild. I already started with this and so far I am doing fine.

All of the products and services has it’s alternatives. For example, instead of Google search I started to seek information with DuckDuckGo search engine. It doesn’t keep track of my search history. And yes, I was actually able to find what I needed! What a surprise! So I have replaced most of the services. Well, I still have a phone with Android OS, which I will keep, of course. And I didn’t delete my Gmail account, because I used this email to sign up to tons of on-line services and need to be able to retrieve passwords in the future. So, I will keep it as a secondary and passive E-mail account.

This is was also the reason why I switched back to WordPress. Blogger is okay. Nothing wrong. Especially, when it comes to storage capacity, it  exceeds WordPress. On the other hand there is no real huge reason why to stick with this platform. Export from Blogger. Import to WP. Done. Transfer of all my posts with photos was really easy.

On the Venceslas Square….

Prague, December 2016

Paper girl. Paper was for free. I grabbed one.

Prague, December 2016

Gypsy boy hanging out.

Frydek-Mistek, December 2016

This is a Rock Stand.

Ostrava, December 2016

In the metro.

Prague, December 2016

Prague main train station. I was waiting for a train. It had 30 minutes delay and I was making some photos.

Prague, December 2016

His beard…and stare.

Ostrava, December 20196

Yep, I am photographing you…

Ostrava, December 2016

Bag typical for 90’s. But still used by people. Cheap and takes a lot of stuff.

Ostrava, December 2016

I already recognize some of these guys as I have been shooting there before…

Frydek-Mistek, December 2016

We like to go to ZOO. In winter time I prefer to stay out of heated pavilions, because my eye glasses and my camera gets hazy. I was waiting in front of the pavilion with elephants. Playing with  blur. This was actually on Christmas Eve.

Ostrava, December 2016



11 thoughts on “Good Bye Google

  1. yuri rasin March 10, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Hi Pavel and welcome back to WP! Wow, you managed a lot of googling… i’m not sure how much i’m dependent on google, would be interesting to find out… Love the last two shots.

    • pavelpetros March 10, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Hi Yuri, thanks for comment. Google is everywhere. Maybe you would be surprised what information Google archives about you. You can check it easily in your Google Account. You will see all the history and what you have done.

      Yep, I am back to WP. Surpersised how easy it was to transfer with all the content from Blogger. When I was moving in opposite direction, it didn’t work and I had to do it manually.

  2. TERRY BARLOW March 11, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Ano, its amazing the Content. Which is Stored on yourself. Could have stayed at Frydek -Mistek. Did not the area though. Settled for Hotel Maria. Privozske. Will be going to Ostrava,s Industrial Museum,s & Sites. Ostrava has a common link with Sheffield. Steel & Coal. Will be also checking their Bars & Restaurants. Plus of Course, Culture. Your Photo,s are Great. Your Blogs are always Interesting & Thought Provoking.

    • Pavel P. March 11, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      When will you stay in Ostrava? Maybe we can have a coffee or something when you come.

      • TERRY BARLOW March 12, 2017 / 3:46 pm

        Ahoj Pavel. In Ostrava, Friday June 30 & Sat July 1. Go Back to Praha Sun July 2. Coffee would be Fine.

      • Pavel P. March 14, 2017 / 1:34 pm

        Ok. I thought you will come earlier. I heard they serve coffee in “Bolt Tower” in Dolni Oblast Vitkovice with the view over Ostrava and industrial museum. Never been up there.

    • Pavel P. April 27, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Hi, thanks for suggestion. I know it exist, but never tried it seriously. I will give it a go. Last two months I have been using DDG. Sometimes, to get results from Czech web, I got to use . So, you use Start Page?

  3. william pye April 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I’ve been using Startpage for the past few months. Never had any issues with it. The less Google know about me, the better – as far as I’m concerned!
    Having said that, I don’t have much experience with DDG, but SP is another option for you.

    You might find this thread (and links) helpful….

    • Pavel P. April 28, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Thanks. After short use, I can see I get better results compared to DDG. I set SP as default search.

  4. Gary May 15, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    bloody hell, Pavel, you kinda went overboard on Google.

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