I’m sure you noticed this, but sometimes the techy world likes to put a few roadblocks in our path just to see what we will do with them. We are cats, and our natural tendency is to whap anything that gets in our way. However, sometimes it is just best to go around the obstacles so you can keep on keeping on.
We’ve experienced this several times over the years and each time we’ve been better off for the experience. So, we have made the decision to De-Google, completely. A while back, after constant changes and some frustration, we left Blogger, got our own domain, and moved over to WordPress. We have been very happy with our move and we never really gave it a second thought, we’re just happy there. Then Google announced that they are going to discontinue Google Reader. Dang, that was has really frustrated us. We follow over 450 different blogs and have grown quite used to the ease and simplicity of Google Reader. Being Mac Kitties, we’ve been on the search for a suitable replacement, something that would work on our Mac, our iPad and our iPhone. While we haven’t found anything we are really fond of, we’ve sure had the opportunity to look at just about everything that is out there. Google has given us the gift of countless hours searching the web and app stores for that elusive tool that will keep our blog reading world simple. It’s sort of like a treasure hunt.
Then there is the whole big email thing. My Dad has had GMail since it first opened and then I got my GMail address when I came to my forever home. I’ve known forever that Google scans all of our emails and sells the information to advertisers, and it didn’t bother me much since I am a cat, and the service was free. Of course we understand that Google is a business, and they have to make business decisions just like the rest of us. They need to do what they need to do, and so do we. So, we’re in the process of De-Googling. Is it easy? Nope. But it is happening. We have our new email addresses set up and will let you know what those are soon. In the meantime, while we are grabbing all of our old emails from the GMail accounts, our mail is being forwarded to our new addresses. We have exported all of our Reader feeds and are currently using Feedly as our reader and we have changed our search engine.
I know all of this will be a good thing in the end and I am thankful to Google for giving us the incentive to move on to something new. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!