Which do we need more?
Can you remember a time when you had an address and birthday book, and you carefully recorded your friend and families birthdays in case you forgot to speak to them on their special days? I used to have a paper diary which let me write in special dates and important events, and I’d get a feeling at the beginning of each month when I needed to get in touch with people to wish them well.
When Facebook launched, I was skeptical. I was not sure that I wanted to put all of my personal information on the internet, and I was wary about sharing so much personal information about myself online so anyone could access it. However, as time went on, I began to rely on Facebook.
With Facebook, I get reminders when events are coming up. I get to keep in touch with people all over the world and let them know I am thinking about them. I can send an e-card to celebrate friend’s birthdays, and share photographs with people I care about from when I am travelling. As a Greek living in America, I have people all over the globe whom I want to share special moments with, and Facebook gives me the option of opening up my life to allow other people to be a part of it, no matter where they live.
Keeping in touch through the internet
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with the people I most care about. In a funny way, online storage offers the same level of closeness and intimacy. I know that wherever I am in the world, I can open my laptop or Blackberry, and my entire virtual world is there to download and use. I sometimes feel as if my identity and personality is bound up in this virtual world, and people who I share parts of it with can be a part of who I am, and what I’m doing. These days, I have come to rely on my online storage just as much as I used to rely on Facebook. Our documents are so important, as they hold the key to our work, memories and hobbies.
By having direct access to music files, PDFs, photographs and video wherever I am, I have been able to bridge the gap between me and my friends and family across the world. As our life becomes more and more digitalized, we gain benefits such as convenience and closeness. As long as we have the internet, we will be able to keep in touch with the people we care about and share our special moments.
A friend of mine recently backed up all his data on his PC. He has a son who is just three years old. When his hard drive crashed, he lost ALL of his data. This included photographs and video of his son that he can never get back. I have almost 500,000 photographs which I need to safeguard. In the old days, I would have had to have put them in a fireproof safe and protect them against theft or damage. Now I know that these memories, which are a huge part of my life, are kept safe.
If there’s’ one lesson I have learned recently, it’s that we need to safeguard the data that is important to us. As technology changes, so we need to keep abreast of it and use it to our advantage, to make sure we don’t lose what is important to us. Just as we used to be wary of Facebook, so we may feel the same about using online storage for the first time – but I can offer you my personal guarantee that it is worth taking the jump!