I recently proclaimed: “I’m done with Google. Period.” and I’m happy to report that I did it.
Here’s what I did:
1. I switched the search engine of my Mac, iPad, and iPhone to Bing.com, and after a little adjustment I can tell you that it’s been enormously satisfying to use. Microsoft has come a long way.
2. The article at Gizmodo suggests to download a third-party email client to backup and archive your Gmail. I didn’t really want to do that, as I find Mail.app to be doing everything I expect of an email client. So, instead of installing another program, I just set up Mail.app to include my Gmail inbox, let it sync, and then I sent all the mail (15.000 +) to the “Archive” folder in my @me.com account. This can be easily done by selecting an email in the Gmail folder, hitting Cmd-A, and then dragging them all into the aforementioned folder. Yes, it takes time, but at least this way I have all my mail in one place. Then I deactivated the Gmail account in Mail.app, and deleted it.
3. That’s it. My calender events, reminders, and documents live in iCloud, all my pictures locally in Aperture, and on photobucket in the cloud.
So, since I had all my data where I wanted it to be, I pulled the plug, as described in the article at Gizmodo, and I have to say: I feel good.
On a side note: Checking the Google Dashboard is always a good idea. I did it right before I finally made the decision to jump ship. Creepy…even though I was never heavily invested in the Google universe, but this made it all the more easy to say good-bye.