The web is just a beach at low tide

I already had this post half written in my head, when I discovered this picture shared by a really famous guy in the tech world, Jeremiah Owyang. I thought the picture would go well with what I wanted to talk about and then discovered that the post itself was on topic. Not only that but he linked to Paul Chaney, who linked to Scoble and Doc Searls who are also talking about a similar theme.


Paul mentions an interesting possibility. It could be the season. Spring is a great time to get outside and get away from the dark rooms we must hide in to be able to see our antique backlit screens.

I think it might also be related to Web 2.0 winding down. We need a resting period so we can move with full strength into the next wave.

But that is not exactly what got me started on this topic. See I am trying to find a back-up system for my webstuff that I really feel comfortable with. As I was thinking about that, I started wondering how much of what I type will be around in ten years. I am not sure how much of it I would want to be around then. I hope I will have grown up enough by then that I will look at the stuff I am writting now as childish. But, just in case, I am trying to find a way to keep all my stuff.

I really do not like the idea of putting all my friend information in a site like Facebook, LinkedIn, and other similar site, because I know how easy it would be for them to go out of business and suddenly I lose contact with hundreds of people.I am glad site like these have helped me find old friends and meet new ones, but I dread the day when I lose contact with a lot of people, and there is nothing I can do about it.

The Social Media site I am going to get excited about is the one that makes it easy for me to make an archive of both sides of any conversation I am a part of.

I want to share things on sites like Flickr, SharpCast and Twitter, but what happens when (not if) those sites go away? I try to keep as much stuff as possible on my blog but even there it will probably be deleted a few years after I die. No host is going to keep a site up for long without being paid.

So all of the content we are creating will, over time, be washed away like a sand castle too close to the sea.

4 responses to “The web is just a beach at low tide

  1. Really interesting post Luke. I am not sure that our content being washed away like a sand castle is such a bad thing. The stuff that was really worth keeping will have been kept by someone. Its a bit like when we die. The stuff that people want to keep to remember us by is stashed away and passed down through generations, whether that be writings or pictures or whatever. Eventually most of it does get lost or displaced, probably as our children’s children’s children lose interest in their not so immediate relatives. It’s really just our egos that like to think that our ‘stuff’ will be around for ever more. As we are buried and washed away, so too is our imprint on the Earth. That, I believe, is the way it was meant to be. Reminds me of the Paul Weller song Broken Bones.

  2. Er, I meant Broken Stones 🙂

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  4. I saw that you had some invites for grandcentral. Would appreciate one if you have any.

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