There are way to many people posting, "I don't see what the big deal is with Google's lack of privacy..", and not enough people actually supplying possible solutions to this problem.
Google has gotten a lot of support from the Slashdot community over the years, and we definitely helped them grow. We, obviously, didn't do it alone, but we were certainly a factor. We are the people that other people ask about such things. The Tech Nerds. Google originally offered products with ideas and philosophies we all liked. We, in turn, helped spread the word about them.
Now I don't care so much for a lot of their new ideas and philosophies. What alternatives are truly out there? And I'm sorry, but Microsoft and Bing are not an option. Microsoft's new whipping boy, Yahoo, is right out, also. (Yahoo turned to garbage years ago any way. It's just that now, there is nothing to stop their fall.)
What are good alternatives to Google Search and GMail?