Internet Has Lasting Memory — Discipline Required!
Many people are oblivious to this fact: the Internet has better memory than the most-gifted elephant. How so?
Anything and everything that anyone puts online nearly has a life of its own, way beyond what’s intended. For example, if you posted something to Facebook, regretted it almost immediately so got the post deleted, it is not necessarily true that what you wrote is gone forever from the Web.
Quite the opposite! Though you might no longer see your post on the timeline, someone, somewhere, who is connected to you, might have seen it and shared it online. Or made a copy of the post, especially if it had some controversial content. And this copy may get passed around in other social media circles outside of yours.
So no, deleting a bad post isn’t the answer. Not writing something you’d regret later is. Which all means you have to act responsibly and write only what you would want a pair of eyes, many pairs, even the whole world, to see and read. And possibly keep!
Plus, don’t share posts from other users just because they are juicy or attention-getting. You may look or feel good for doing so, for a short while; if anything back fires, fingers may point back to you as the person who started spreading sensational stuff!
Get this thought into your head sooner than later: post and share in a responsible manner. It could jolly well save you some day.
Won’t We Run Out of Storage Someday?
This is probably another issue not many have paid attention to.
Posting to social media sites or using free Email services mean that these Internet properties (of others) are providing you with free storage for your data, be it text, images/photos, videos, audio recordings, data files, etc.
Now, we aren’t talking about ordinary storage capacities like what you may have on your high-end PC or even that huge network-addressable storage (NAS) of yours. We are talking gigantic sizes that can keep up with 300 millions photo uploads each day on Facebook — look at fact #13 in this zephoria.com report.
Just that upload activity alone can consume 30,000GB of space, assuming a conservative file size of just 100KB per photo. Over a month, 1000 TB (Terabyte) or 1 Petabyte (PB) of storage would be used up. That’s just photos alone! And videos take up way much more space!!
From another perspective, Google is estimated (by Cirrus Insight) to be holding some 10 to 15 Exabytes (or EB) of data for its Search, Maps, YouTube, Gmail and other Internet services. One EB = 1000 PB = 1 million TB. These numbers are totally out of this world.
And Big G continues to add storage to their server farms at various locations worldwide daily!
Haven’t We Bullied Nature Enough?
Now, energy is needed to run these electronic assemblies; coolant is needed to keep them from overheating and failing; physical space is needed to build structures to hold everything in.
Wouldn’t there come a day when the Earth can’t support any more of this? Sure, there’s now greener energy; and some smart guys are building their structures in oceans of water.
I reckon that day will come. Because Nature has already been hurt by the greed of humans. Even if they figured how to outsmart her, the price to be paid will be a hefty one!
Afterwards, human kind — and the Internet — will become leaner but smarter with what they should keep. For sure, junk will be thrown out. Lots of it! Is there any point storing useless stuff?