I released a new version of my Firefox extension that will forcefully redirect you away from privacy erosive services to better alternatives. It started as a joke, but I end up actually using it.

When I want to look up a place, I instinctively and mechanically start typing "maps.googl...". This extension will instead take me to OpenStreetMaps. It will also functionally translate Google Search links to DuckDuckGo and Google Translate links to Deepl.

@botherder isn't Qwant another good alternative to Google Search?

@botherder So what does it redirect Facebook and Twitter links to?
And YouTube (it could use #invidious…)?

@rugk Facebook to DuckDuckGo searches about its scandals, Twitter to Mastodon and YouTube to nothing currently. I’m open to suggestions to make it more functional.

@botherder As I said YouTube to Thusthe Twitter and Facebook links really break the content, i.e. you cannot view them.

YouTube would be stil usable then.

Well… really depends on what you want to do. 🤔

@rugk I’m not familiar with this Invidious. I’ll look into it, thanks.

@botherder @rugk there's also PeerTube, which uses ActivityPub, although it isn't particularly easy to search for videos

@botherder @rugk For Facebook could be Diaspora and MeWe, are more secure alternatives and are pretty similar to facebook ( Profiles, friends, groups and the timeline)

@botherder nice to you host this in github then I can add a lot oft alternatives

@botherder Is there a list of services you're translating (might be nice to add to the addon page). Add deepl instead of google translate, maybe?

@botherder Yeah, hence my request to add this info to the addon info page. 😉

@botherder nice, I do this at the moment with LeechBlock where you can configure your own rules. Also nice to break old and bad habits.

@botherder This is really cool. I'm tempted to install another Firefox-like browser, install this extension, and use the combo when I'm really feeling droll and sarcastic. I'm guessing will lose weight when I do. 😜

@technoslick @botherder "Firefox-like browser"? 🤔

Maybe we need a redirect from Chrome/ium to Firefox? 😉

@rugk @botherder Already running Quantum and Waterfox. I would want the extension recipient to be a grittier version. 😏

@botherder I love the idea, yet it occured to me just now:

- why not also redirect to (free software, encrypted)


- redirect to, or something like that?.

@botherder While I am at it, could happily redirect to the now operational if you were so inclined, while would be most fittingly replaced by

Add to the list of jokes and bugs that turned out to actually be useful

@botherder Nice proof of concept :) we'd be happy to promote a version of this that *suggests* these services, or has fine-grained opt-in choices.

@botherder some of the best things I ever had started as a joke! :D

@botherder is there something like open street map that will also handle transit directions? That kind of keeps me locked into google maps.

I also notice openstreetmaps seems to have a lot more trouble resolving addresses from partial information.

Looks quite useful, I will give it a try. Thanks!

@botherder I am searching for a good replacer for Google Translate and was thrilled when you mantioned DeepL. But when I tested their engine, I got deeply disappointed. I'll keep searching...

@e_edgren It only supports a handful of languages at the moment.

@botherder I sw that, but do you know how new the DeepL is?

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