Mission (nearly) Complete

Yeah! Turns out WordPress has built-in import tools, so all I had to do was figure out how to get it to work with blogger.com (hint: the secret is to transform your blogger.com blog into one hosted at blogspot).

Now, to explain a bit about what I’m doing. I’ve been watching Google for a number of years. I first heard of and started using Google when I was a reporter about 9 years ago. At that time, the search engine was the best one to use for the kind of research I had to do for news articles and I supported it fully. Over the course of the past five years, however, the company has begun to slowly reach further and further into the information space to an extent I am no longer personally comfortable with. To that end, I am removing the company from my life.

I’ve been able to accomplish the following:

  • Switched from GTalk to Jabber (all of my GTalk contacts are still available to me)
  • Switched from blogger to WordPress
  • Deleted my iGoogle page
  • Removed Picasa and all images from my Picasa account
  • Deleted Chrome from my PC
  • Disconnected from Feedburner
  • Deleted my AdSense account
  • Removed Google Analytics from my website
  • [edit] Removed Google Notebook

I have a few things I’ve yet to do, but as you can tell I’m working pretty hard at getting out. The response to my announcement on Facebook that I’m going through this has been varied which is what I expected. My reasons are my own, and I’ve no intention of encouraging others to do the same nor do I believe anyone will.

So that’s about it for now. Thoughts?

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