This came about when a friend asked me what solution should I use for calendar with a HEY account.
This got me thinking about the benefits of having a Google account. If people abandon Gmail due to privacy reason, they will still be using their Google accounts for Youtube, Maps, Calendar, Google Docs extra.
So I decided to create a brand new Google account with my personal email address (so no gmail).
It was an interesting experience and as such I would like to share it here:
Thanks for sharing your experience. Good to look at the different ways you can travel in the Googleverse. It doesn’t have to be this monolithic entity that consumes your data-life if you approach it from the point of only getting what you need and no more.
Due to the increasing number of calendar invitations I’ve been getting since shifting to WFH, I too had to make this move as a solution of last resort, even though my mails have been away from Google for years.
First I wanted to go with Radicale on my VPS, then on my Qnap, then Fruux, etc. None was as seemless and convenient as I wanted, especially after using GCal for years.
So I created a Google account with my exact email address. Mails are still selfhosted, but I get a nice calendar (and Drive!)