Come down from the clouds
So computing is going into the cloud. Fantastic. Think of the new possibilities!
What they don’t tell you is that these centralised services will own you.
Ask yourself do you have all your data? Sure you have your images on your trusty external USB hard drive, but do you have all that precious metadata? Those comments and tags you painstakingly added on the Flickr interface? No, you don’t do you?
What happens if you inadvertently violate their ever increasingly convoluted & discriminatory Terms and Conditions?
And what if your account is disabled? Oh it won’t happen to you. What happens if you decide to share some of your images on your company blog? Oh CRAP! You’ve violated the don’t use Flickr for commercial purposes rule. Oops, sorry… you lose.
The Internet, mail & Web were designed to be distributed. Now we see huge concentrations of power in the “cloud”; YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Vimeo, Flickr, Microsoft… yes you’re all on my shitlist.
Do it yourself, go grassroots and get a Website.