June 18, 2020

Privacy, Libre & no alternatives to Google

Below is a list of privacy-friendly, libre and no alternatives to Google.

I tend to replace existing software by Free Software when I find one - or no alternatives.

Google Alternatives
Google Chrome Stop browsing the web. Read that book you want to read
Google Search Write what you need to search on a piece of paper. Wait until tomorrow1
Google Maps Paper maps are fun
Google Analytics Stop tracking your users. User research should be a conversation2
Google Chrome Passwords Firefox Lockwise
Leepass
Butter cup
Keeweb
KeepassXC
Google Sheets EtheCal
CryptPad
LibreOffice (use locally)
Baserow
Google Docs Etherpad
CryptPad
LibreOffice (use locally)
Google Translate Deepl
Google News You read the news too much
Google Messages Element (Matrix protocol)
Google Mail ProtonMail
Tutanota
Google Photos Use analog. Print photos. Gift them to your friends.
Google Keep Joplin
YouTube youtube-dl
Google Blogger Ghost
Gohugo
Blot
Jekyll
Google DNS Find a non-profit organization for your DNS
Google Drive Do things locally
Google Meet No one looks good on video
Google Voice You look weird talking to your smartphone
Google Scholar arXiv, sci-hub
Google Contacts See email alternatives
Google Calendars Try a pen and paper, that works.
Google Groups Discourse
Google Ads Ethical ads
Google Alerts You already have too much information to deal with
Google Slides Stop using slides. People don’t listen to you when you talk
Google Flights Take the train, hitchhike (it works fine), live locally
Google Finance Stop watching your portfolio
Google Weather $ curl wttr.in/[your-city]
Google Forms User research should be conversation3
Google Store Switch back to a dumb phone, your kids won’t hate you

Hey, I’m writing a book to explain the nature of our relation with tech platforms” (e.g. Facebook, Google), and the impact our usage of platforms has on our autonomy, individuality, desire, and intimacy.


  1. Time is the best filter↩︎

  2. I am working on this topic. Get in touch if you want to chat https://romainaubert.com/contact↩︎

  3. see above↩︎


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