Earlier this week I was at my brothers birthday celebrations and I counted 20 digital cameras in a crowd of 60 people, and maybe an equal number of cameras on the mobile devices .
The shutterbugs were busy creating digital footprints of their presence in the party and also recording the event for posterity.
Set the clock back by three decades when we had the Kodak Instamatic as the camera of choice with 16/24/32 photos on film, subsequently the polaroid and then the SLR cameras.
Photography needed patience, money and expertise and was not a shutterbug activity.
Photos were an art of craft and photography was an expensive hobby.
These days you can click as many photos as you can, there are no limits, you can also shoot digital videos until you run out battery or memory in your camera (not film :-).
I would estimate about fifty digital photos in each camera and there were 20 cameras, which adds up to about 1000 digital photos. Each digital photo is about 20kb in size, so 20,000 KB of data was created by this small event.
The avid shutterbugs need to clean their cameras and share with the world the party and their art on Google+. Facebook, Picasa, Tweeter, blogs and other cloud services which offer free digital storage. Most of the photos will remain in the cloud again to be shared and distributed among friends and family and after a while at rest when the next event is captured by the shutterbug.
This is the new Digital Garbage, photos, email, documents, digital artifacts of any nature, all pushed into the cloud in a state of rest.
How long will the cloud service providers bear the cost of archiving digital garbage in the cloud,imagine the cost of storing this data securely and safely. It is time that companies made users pay for retaining their digital garbage in the cloud.
Let us raise a toast to clutter free Cloud environment.
Photo Courtesy : Ajay Gopal