Imagine that you post 3 tweets/facebook posts at an average of 140 char per week every week in 5 years, then you will have written 100,000 char, and you are on good way to a novel. Myself and many other post far more than that and adding to it we also share links, pictures, locations, interests, video and more. Thus I probably in post a novel worth of information every year. That is a lot of sharing.
On Sunday I listened to Amber Case compare your Facebook timeline with old egyptian drawings to illustrate the different ways of posting information new and then. This comparison got me thinking. Thought we rarely consider the two ‘channels’ similar, they have more in common than we think. I think many of us see Online more like a fast-food restaurant and egyptian drawings like a restaurant from the Michelin guide. However, what we share are much more alike than that. We share stories about our life and knowledge about things we know/learn. Just like the egyptians used to do. It is just our perception of the value of the information that differs. Perhaps also the time put into the production. You might also argue that egyptian drawings are art, which I agree with, but that was the channel and the language of that time. Facebook & twitter are the channel and language of our time.
What is scary though is how nonchalant we are to this value. We produce much more content today than every before, but without any certainty on if the content will be exist or be accessibly in a few days from now. Yesterday Gowalla throw in the towel and with that all our check in and pins were gone. (Some of us might have be collecting, and all that is gone) You will be able to go in an extract the data from the platform, but what will you do with it? How will you use it?
The big questions are: What are the information that we put out there worth? And how are you protecting that investment?