Spring is here! I always like to do the usual sprint cleaning to welcome the summer but this year it is going to be a bit different. I have decided to clean up my online and social network accounts. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time and with the recent Cambridge Analytica noise, it is a good time to do so.
Over the next weeks, I will get rid of my Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram account as well as some other ones. One I would particularly love to delete is my Google account but unfortunately it is tied to so many things that it is close to impossible for me to totally get rid of it, especially as an Android user. So my plan is to move my email, agenda and contacts somewhere else and just use Google for the very few things I need it for.
This will not be a quick and easy job as there are still people I want to keep touch with, data I want to back up and make sure I have proper alternatives to a few services that were useful to me. I will write up a couple of posts on this blog on how I got rid of each service with the hope that it might be helpful for you too.
If you want to know when I publish those articles, you can follow me on Twitter (@iamkeraf), probably one of the very few social media accounts I will keep.
Ps: As a bonus, here is a photo of a sad surveillance camera in Edinburgh