Remember the days before Google became a verb? Yes, we made an internet search using a search engine. I used to use one called Copernicus, which was made up of multiple search engines. Almost as fast as a blink, people switched over to googling for information after Google arrived., and what a hydra Google has become.
I lose track of who owns what now, so let us take a look.
Microsoft of course has the Windows operating system in many computers. What else? It owns Hotmail, the web based email, now apparently called Outlook. I wasn't aware of that. I have a Hotmail account. I wonder if it still works. Had, it doesn't but I think because I have forgotten my login and password.
Microsoft own the Windows operating system, Outlook and Internet Explorer
Google owns Gmail, Blogger/Blogspot, Picasa, You Tube, Chrome and while not technically, but effectively Firefox through an extremely close connection
Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
Yahoo owns Yahoo Mail of course, Tumblr and Flickr.
On their own, so far, are Reddit, Pinterest, Twitter and Shazam.
I use or have used them all except Outlook.
Google and the companies under it I use a lot and it is the one that annoys me the most because of the way it ties up your identity. I have two You Tube accounts and I have to sign out of Google to use the alternative one and somehow Facebook has become mixed up in this too. Yes, I have two Facebook accounts too, plus another I operate for Mother. So annoying and all the time Google nags at me about Google Plus which I don't really want to use.
Checking four Yahoo email accounts was tedious until I downloaded the Yahoo Mail app. You don't have to log out of one account to check another. You just change by selecting whichever identity you have set up. Four accounts is not excessive, is it?