Thoughts on Google

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software privacy

Disclaimer: I am an advocate for better privacy protections. As such, my views might be different, but I am always willing to listen to new views and opinions in order to better my own perspective.

That being said, I think Google has done some great things. In this post, I would like to go over those good things as well as point out where they could use improvement. Finally, I’ll point out what I think are acceptable services to use under Google’s umbrella and also point out which services to avoid altogether.

For a brief list of services I use check out [this](“/posts/services”) post.

The Good

The Bad

tl;dr

Google’s contribution to Linux and Open Source has forever changed the technology landscape. They proved that open source is so viable that we now have Microsoft contributing a ton of their code to open source as well. I would argue that without Google, Microsoft wouldn’t have pushed for Linux or Open Source as they have been doing in recent years. Maybe I’m wrong and would enjoy a rebuttle if I am.

Supporting Google through GCP, in my opinion, would be something I would vouch for. I think their services are top notch and easy to use. On top of that, their pricing is a bit cheaper compared to alternatives.

Besides that, I think all of Google’s other products and services should be avoided until (if) they start focusing more on user experience and taking privacy more seriously.