It certainly is.
If you intend on getting fucked over.
Hushmail has a history of complying with arbitrary appeals, and has sent plaintext transcripts of messages many times in the past. Look it up. Jacob Appelbaum also explicitly warned to stay away from them at this year's 30c3 talk on Tor.
As for search engines, don't forget Startpage: https://startpage.com/
There's a very damn good reason that Google's services are so popular.
I was a Gmail user since it was released, and while it was certainly unique back then, I realized recently that almost none of the features I use nowadays are Google-specific.
In fact, the one major annoyance of Google's mail services for me is IMAP! Namely - Google provides an IMAP-like interface, but it isn't quite the same as IMAP, and it has a number of warts that make it not impossible to use, but certainly uncomfortable.
I have seen a number of mail/IMAP clients literally special-case Google's idiosyncrasies into their IMAP handling because of this.
 Now it's 2014, and it feels kind of weird to think that I've had my Gmail account for almost 10 years.
 Even in 2004, most of what Gmail provided was unique to web-based email, but had been around for a while on desktop mail clients. That, and the 1GB of storage, which felt excessive at the time (how things change!).
From a business perspective - that's a really bad position to be in. The goal here was to hopefully bring that to light a little & provide alternatives that are "as good as" and sometimes better than the google option.
Around New Year my 7-year old son's account was permanently suspended. Even I as the superadmin of the domain can't unlock it, there is no way to get the data out. What happened is he tried to register G+. No, our young kids don't have G+ or FB accounts. They are not allowed to and we monitor how they use Internet. But it's hard to avoid running into G+ these days. So my son clicked on a link somewhere. It turned out that a person younger than 13 years are not allowed to have a google account. Period. It's a violation of their TOS. Even though outside of USA, GMail or Google apps for domains never explicitely asked you for your age. Not before G+, and even now only if you register your G+ profile.
Bottom line: I have no other choice than to de-google-ify my life. Google forced me to do it. I know you can lie about age of your kid but doing so is risky. See above.
I have a cronjob that runs every hour to backup all Gmail inboxes to a IMAP server (dovecot) so in my case it's not a disaster. But imagine if I wasn't so paranoid about Google...
Also as they say if the service is free you are their product. These days everywhere every time when I can I choose the paid option.
Why is this better than giving it to one company? Won't I just get more ads?
I find the crusade against Google ridiculous for the most part, they're one of the few entities who are doing actual, quantifiable good in this world whilst demanding surprisingly little of me. Compare with for instance Facebook which is really just Zuckerberg's boyish stalker-fetish turned billion-dollar industry.
Think about it, if you visit a site and they're using Google Analytics, you're part of Google data. Same with sites using adwords. Firefox and Google are partners (hence the default Google Search in Firefox). You can avoid hosting your videos on youtube, but are you really not going to watch YouTube videos? Ever??
In the end, though you can cancel your Google Accounts, and not 'actively' use their services, you'd have to block adsense and analytics in your browser, but if you're doing that, you're really harming the site-owner more than google (I suspect).
I use an email address on my own domain, but route it through Gmail for convenience. It takes me about twenty minutes to reroute it, something I have tested a few times.
I did move my blog away from blogger last year, and I just use Chrome for Gmail, twitter, and Facebook. I do all other browsing using Firefox with tight security and anti tracking settings.
I think these steps are reasonable compromises that I also recommend to my non-tech family and friends.
EDIT Thanks to vezzy-fnord below: https://prism-break.org/en/
They seem to have updated their layout since then, but I'm fairly certain this is the same site that I was referring to.
Still, only using three google things (third being youtube - don't have an account, but watch stuff) isn't so bad.
rather than post 'Great Read!', it's best to just upvote the article. Comments are really for commentary on HN, not for Kuddos.