Look Away to Pause YouTube (Experimental Chrome Extension)(github.com)

almost 3 years ago from Mattias H, mattias.lol

  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, almost 3 years ago

    Why do people continue to use Google's products? They are, and always have been, and advertising company looking to sell information about you to the highest bidder. Tools like Gmail, Chrome, and Maps are all designed to collect information from you. It doesn't take a PhD to connect the two and after the release of the Selfish Ledger video last week, I'm really surprised there wasn't more of a call (a la Facebook) to quit using Google products. I started an experiment a few weeks ago to stop using Google's search engine in all my devices (I already use Safari, Apple Maps, and Mail on my iPad, Macs, and iPhone). So far I haven't really missed finding information I've been looking for using Bing. I'm thinking of giving Duck Duck Go a try again but it's not readily available on iOS through Safari and I like having access to the same experiences across all my devices.

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    • Pierre FortierPierre Fortier, over 2 years ago

      I'm in a similar boat. I've ditched Chrome for Firefox (even if it means a significant performance hit on macOS). I've also been using DuckDuckGo on desktop and mobile without noticing much difference (I'm on android for mobile which is its own issue, and I've been contemplating switching to LineageOS... or buy an iPhone)

      It can be a lot of work, though! I'm still not sure what to do about my Gmail, Gmaps on Android (open source alternatives are... sub-optimal), Google Docs+Drive... I'm pretty entrenched.

      Google has sort of become the "default internet" for a lot of people, and off-boarding from it can be quite a project.

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    • Andrew Hersh, over 2 years ago

      Why would I care if they figure out I am looking to buy a grill, and start showing me ads for grills?

      Why would I care WHAT information they gather about me?

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      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, over 2 years ago

        Because the grill you're looking at is only a fraction of the data they weened from your perusal of the web. Much like herd immunity from viruses, internet privacy requires "vaccinations" and awareness. The more anti-privacy people like you there are, the more difficult it is to demand privacy concessions from these companies in the future.

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    • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, almost 3 years ago

      Why do people continue to use Google's products?

      Because not everyone has a tinfoil hat.

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    • Andrew C, almost 3 years ago

      You get what you pay for, I guess?

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