Flickr. Diigo. Evernote.
Everybody wants me to work on my machine but then synchronize my data to their site for safekeeping and social functions. I can understand this for situations where I want others to see my photos or my links, but what happens when I have ten or twenty of these services, all of which have separate interfaces, separate logins, separate passwords, and separate liklihoods to still be around in 5 years?
Unless I explicitly want to use their sites as places that others will visit to see my information, I want to store that data on my own site. That will still allow it to be accessed from anywhere when I have Internet connectivity, but I don’t need to worry about the services themselves just vanishing.
Yes, perhaps those sites have backups, but I can deal with a single backup for my one site. Also, I want the information available in a standard format. If one is not available, at least use XML.
I understand this might cause some business model issues with advertising or premium services. Indeed, if I use their software but use my site as the repository, it opens up security risks as well. Nevertheless, my controlling my data and having it available in standard formats will make me sleep better at night.
What do you think?