We used to wrestle with managing overstuffed closets and bookcases teetering on collapse. Now our digital closets are overflowing, too: Facebook wall messages. Tweets. LinkedIn profiles and messages. Family photo albums. A music collection from Gustav Mahler to Manu Chao.
Thanks to cloud computing, we now have seemingly limitless, Internet-based storage. But our files are scattered across devices — a smartphone, netbook, e-reader, U.S.B. keys, an MP3 player and a home computer…
The challenge, analysts say, is being able to offer comprehensible and interoperable services for data originating from a plethora of electronic devices.
Booz estimates that the U.S. market for content management services will expand 50 percent over the next four years to hit $4 billion by 2012. Figures for the rest of the world are unavailable.
I used to have a messy desk using the “volcano” filing system; important stuff goes to the centre, unimportant stuff falls to the floor and eventually goes into the bin. Since computers came along, my desk is tidier – but my electronic files are a mess.
Most techie people I know are vey tidy – so you probably don’t know the problems us normal humans have.
So my tip for the next big thing is personal digital organisation.