Or to put it another way, are you managing your content, or is your content managing you? We’ve all got photos, videos, and tons of other stuff in our laptops, smartphones, computers, tablets, and whatever other devices we use. Plus there’s the content we keep in Facebook, Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, this drive, that drive.
Sometimes I think back to the days when it was just me, my 35mm camera, and my photo albums. Looking back, it seems so simple. Yes, I had to take my film to get developed every few months, pay for it, and yes I had to spend time putting all those photos into their plastic sleeves.
But it was linear. It was organized. In chronological order. Everything was there, in a few albums on one shelf.
And the photos got looked at! It wasn’t uncommon for me to page through an album with a friend.
Nowadays…boy. A different story. I can’t even remember all the places my fun, funny and touching memories can be found. I’ve often thought it would be nice if all my photos could just be all in one place, like they used to be on my bookshelf. So I could actually go through and look at them.
Of course, I wouldn’t go back to my 35mm film camera. My smartphone is just too handy. But I’d love to be able to see those really cute tablet pics of my son that I never get around to transferring, and the ones of him my friends have shared in Dropbox, and the random email attachments friends have sent, all together.
I’m not alone. We asked consumers in 15 countries, and 64% said it would be useful to have all their content accessible on all their devices wherever they are.
We also asked people where they upload their content most frequently. The top services were Facebook, YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive and Apple iCloud, but of course there were a ton of others too.
Then we asked, why not make things simple by combining all these varied services, making them accessible in one central location from any device? 59% of people globally said yes, that would be a great idea.
And I say so too!
That’s why I’m excited about F-Secure’s new service, younited, which will allow you to access all your content from all your devices, and online services like Facebook and Dropbox, all in one place. All on one “bookshelf.” Life will be simple again!
If you’re interested, you can be one of the first to get younited by reserving your spot at younited.com.
Images courtesy of “adamr” and “Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee” / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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