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2010 Social Media Predictions aka Know your rights, aggregate & own your stuff and back it up

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2010-01-03 20:14

I have been blogging for 10 years, started Dec 1999 ( which sadly died a few years back due to my own negligence) so some  2010 social media long term predictions and gratuitous advice which again is worth what you paid for it

Social Media 2010 predictions and gratuitous advice:

  1. Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Tumblr and other walled gardens are over in the long term; an open solution will replace them in 5 years or less.
  2. Don't be afraid to use and experiment with the walled gardens but recognize that your stuff can be deleted at any time and unless you have backed it up to an open format like HTML, it won't last forever (most likely scenarios: service goes out of business or your account is deleted for an arbitrary reason). I wouldn't shed a tear if all my tweets were deleted, YMMV. If you have fun with the walled gardens, get your domain and start a blog, videoblog,podcast, etc., you won't regret having an online presence you own and control
  3. If you care about your closed garden stuff, back it up to an open format. If you aren't geeky enough to figure this out, ask a geek, there's lots of them, just don't ask me :-)
  4. Have a "hook" and nurture and grow it. Not good enough in 2010 to be a jack of all trades social media whatevah :-) You actually need to *know* something. Most people do (they just don't realize it!) so that's not a problem.
  5. Don't know why I have to write this in 2010 department: Don't trust reviews or content on Urban Spoon, Yelp (i like the idea of yelp & other aggregators  but in practise most of the reviews are shall we say not helpful), Gowalla, Facebook etc unless you know the person in real life or have read their stuff over a period of time. Most restaurant reviews like most content on the Internet are wildly biased but that's a good thing because objectivity in food reviews is ridiculous.
  6. Get your most valued content out of the walled gardens and your email (email rocks but it's not a place for long term knowledge storage and retrieval) and back it up. The best way to back up is to put the content in an open format like HTML on your own domain and backup all the stuff on your domain. Again, ask a geek. And really most people's stuff that is truly valuable is not a lot, myself included :-)  e.g. I bet my best emails, best photos, videos and blog posts for the last 5 years could fit on 1 DVD!


I find it amusing how so many people get really irate any time facebook changes things (design, terms of use, whatever). It is a walled garden, it is what it is, we don't own it, they do. Great advice to get a domain and own your own space. I have so many facebook friends pumping out really great content within facebook but never without. They will be dissapointed.

I am getting increasingly interested in S3 and storing copies of my stuff there. However, my primary storage is a drobo and the costs of storing 3 TB on Amazon are not within reach.


Happy New Year!

happy new year!

cheaper just to buy multiple hard drives and use s3 for non personal stuff or stuff that's funded

but yeah i love and jungle disk!

I would like to know if the Modzilla messaging site is the only contact to having issues addressed.

If so what is the required time it takes to get to each problem.

I would like to know an email contact for email issues if possible as I have lost all my emails and views folders it is totally blank since the last update.


This to me is critical as I guess a lot of other peoples issues are that post on the site so I am wondering how to contact the correct source to get imediate answers?

A gentle reminder:

   The Thunderbird community doesn't provide email or fax or phone support or via blog comments on this blog :-) .Thunderbird is an open source project and support like writing and documenting the code is done by a mostly volunteer community with a few paid staffers and I am the community support  lead/facilitator/coordinator. The number of users is large but the actual number of contributors i.e. those who help document, support, design and test Thunderbird is much smaller than the number of users. Therefore all community contributors are overloaded. This means that sometimes bugs, support requests and documentation requests are missed. Please help out the community in the future by giving as much detail in your support requests as possible and please consider "giving back"/"paying forward" by helping support the Thunderbird community in any way you can including supporting other users, modifying and writing documentation,  testing beta builds, etc.

Perhaps this will help:

If that doesn't help, the community will no longer reply on this thread to your question because it belongs in get satisfaction

In order for the community to help you, please create a new community support topic at: with the info requested in our README at:

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