It took awhile. But now, my Google account is kaput. No more Gmail, YouTube, Scholar, Search, any of it. Took what I needed and erased the rest.
Now that the tutorial level 1 boss (Facebook) and the level 2 boss (Google) have hit the dust, the remaining three culprits (Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft) will be much harder.
Amazon: Possible, but it’s going to be very, very painful to give up the convenience.
Apple: I can give up my iPhone with some soul-searching; I will have to finish paying for it first, of course… but then what about the iPads? My iTunes songs? All of this requires an Apple account. I think scaling back is ultimately all I’ll be able to do.
Microsoft: I suppose this isn’t technically impossible, I could transition to Linux, but I’m too much of a PC gamer to walk away from Windows. And frankly, of the five listed here, I consider MS the least problematic. Scary, right?