Could you live without Google for a week?
I survived just that harrowing experience, despite being a very heavy user of the wide breadth of Google services and products. I was happy to be joined in this crazy little experiment by Nitesh Arora, a relatively light Google user; the contrast in our experiences by the end of the week was very surprising indeed.
Here is our story, in tweets:
Incredibly frustrated in the first few minutes of going #GoogleFree by just trying to find the Google logo on Flickr or Bing’s Image Search
Are there any free RSS readers that /don’t/ sync to Google Reader? #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi you use a LOT of google products…seriously :P
Just realized I “can’t” use Google Maps app on my phone…finding address for businesses is going to be a pain the arse now. #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi I’m def not. Having an Android automatically DQs me several times simultaneously. Plus wouldn’t want to. But admire those who can
@rkudeshi I’d totally try social media free week but then I’d have no one to tweet/post to tell them about it. Plus my ego wouldn’t allow it
@peteabbate 1) privacy 2) see how pervasive one company is on the web 3) determine if it’s possible (and how difficult) 4) crazy ol’ Ravi!
@JoshuaBamboo I had my sister upload it ;-). Slightly cheating, but people wouldn’t watch it otherwise (and not terribly timely next week).
D’oh, my voicemails are stored (and transcribed!) in Google Voice. Don’t call, just text me? #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi Best of luck with this week! I bet it’s tough!
Started making a list of YouTube videos I want to watch next week…it’s already double-digits :-/. #GoogleFree
Thank god for Vimeo. #GoogleFree
Just realized I hadn’t checked my email at all today…I haven’t missed anything important & I’ve been way more productive. Yay? #GoogleFree
Are music videos on Vevo.com hosted by Google? I know they’re crossposted to YouTube, but not sure on the main Vevo.com site. #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi All I know is the music videos hosted on Vevo have a butt load more advertisements then the same exact ones on YouTube.
Thinking about adding links to my social media profiles to the ol’ resume…yay/nay/whoa?
@rkudeshi im thinking the lack of google is hurting your judgment
#GoogleFree Day 2: not nearly as bad as yesterday. Bing search/maps are good enough. No Gmail/GReader/YouTube makes for one productive dude.
Learning just how many unique Google services are nice, but hardly necessary: Voice, Alerts, DNS, Buzz, Picasa, arguably Reader. #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi google voice is absolutely essential for me- when I changed phone numbers, its the only one I gave out
@rkudeshi i used to use flock for rss/browser since it was basically just firefox with an rss. but then i found greader and never went back
@rkudeshi how much time are you spending finding articles without the amazingness of reader?
@mehal88 Very little. Downloaded a desktop RSS app, need to install it. Using Twitter, Flipboard (iPad app), and Techmeme more for now.
Interesting #GoogleFree moment during road trip: Navigon’s GPS app couldn’t find Pat’s or Geno’s, so we had to use Bing to find the address.
Very cool Bing feature: search for any song and it lets you listen to the entire thing thanks to Zune.net. #GoogleFree
Oh, interesting…Bing/Zune only lets you play the full song the first time, then 30-second snippets every time after. #GoogleFree
Seeing no real changes in my daily life by going #googlefree …using bing on my mac & changed the default search on my BlackBerry=mostly it
Can’t decide if #GoogleFree is making me more or less productive…email/RSS/YouTube time is now apparently being used for bubble baths.
@AshODonnell No ducky :-(. Based on the last few days, they’re getting pretty close (almost feels like I’m going through drug withdrawal).
Interesting #GoogleFree revelation: with an RSS reader, I start working after reading. Without it, I just explore the Internet endlessly.
Whoa…Bing’s image search has a very cool feature to find more sizes of the same picture. Immensely helpful. #GoogleFree
Pretty sure I’m going to stick with Bing image search & Bing maps after this week. #GoogleFree
The best thing I’ve learned this week: you really don’t need to leave your email open 24/7 (or even as much as 2/7). #GoogleFree
@rkudeshi I never left my email open 24/7. In fact I was awfully surprised the large number of people who actually do.
@rkudeshi I guess a lot of people do it for Gmail’s chat options, but I’ve always been a fan of the standalone Google Talk application.
@TheyCallMeGTab That’s why I did. I usually closed it when I was writing/studying, but now having it closed by default is a lot better.
Hard to believe it’s the last day of going #GoogleFree. Last few days, I’ve barely noticed being without Google (other than YouTube).
@rkudeshi Same here! Bing gives me pretty good search results…youtube was missed though :/
Woo, #GoogleFree finally over! Both harder & easier than it seemed.
So, was that better or worse than you would’ve thought? Up for trying the #GoogleFree experiment yourself, for a week or maybe even longer?