Life on the web: where’s my backup?

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…

6 thoughts on “Life on the web: where’s my backup?

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  4. I use gmail for backup. I zip my blog daily and mail it to gmail.

    My del.icio.us links are snagged and displayed on my blog, so they’re captured too.

    I grab my bloglines OPML daily and zip it with the blog.

    Haven’t got around to FLickr yet, there’s more data there than just text.

    /g.

  5. I use gmail for backup. I zip my blog daily and mail it to gmail.

    My del.icio.us links are snagged and displayed on my blog, so they're captured too.

    I grab my bloglines OPML daily and zip it with the blog.

    Haven't got around to FLickr yet, there's more data there than just text.

    /g.

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