Due to recent statements from Google on net neutrality, privacy and anonymity, I’m beginning to wonder if its a good idea to use one site for everything. After all organizations like WikiLeaks could not exist without anonymity, plus I believe net neutrality is important for information to remain available, the growth of new businesses, services and websites in general. I like many of Google’s products, but I believe it would be best to spread your “data” around. Plus it’s not that hard, many sites use OpenID or don’t require log ins. If you are looking for alternatives to Google, here are some websites to try.
- Web Search
- Image Search
- Video Search
– Too many to list but here are a few
- Zoho Mail
- Yahoo! Mail doesn’t offer for free POP access and forces you to view their news tab first, so I don’t recommend it. However, you probably have one just to use some of their other services.
– Book search one area where Google doesn’t have real competition. The following come close.
- Scholar – Google doesn’t have competition for searching scholarly papers.
- Blog Search
– To be honest I haven’t tried these out, I really only use YouTube for online tutorials.
- Photos (Picasa)
- Zoho has replacements for all of Google Docs (documents, spreadsheets, presentations) and much more. But not only that you can log in via OpenID with one click from different accounts, including your Gmail account.
- Google Reader
- Google Notebook
- Google Earth
- Google Talk
- Google Analytics