I have been converting my information to live on the web more and more over the last few months: GMail has (most of) my emails, my pictures go to Flickr, del.icio.us has my bookmarks, Plaxo holds my contacts, the rest goes to my blog.
That is a setup that suits my lifestyle quite well, and it works nicely. All these services will start integrating even better in the future, I’m sure.
BUT: I recently began thinking about backups. If one of these services – which are mostly free – decided to disappear overnight, I would have no means to get at my data. In some cases, that would be a desaster.
So, isn’t there an excellent opportunity for a service provider? If a company decided to offer daily incremental backups of all that data, that would truly rock. I’d happily pay a monthly fee for that, as it’s cheaper and much more convenient than doing it on my own with a PC and hard drives at home (which kinda defeats the whole purpose…). They might even offer to burn your backup data to DVDs on a monthly or on-demand basis, bundled with a viewer application.
Any takers? Consider me a customer…