Darren Rowse of Problogger fame posted this missive about getting unceremoniously banned from YouTube. Read his post Dear YouTube – You Broke My Heart – An Open Letter to @YouTube
As I sat on a train, heading to the football with my boy, checking my Twitter stream a message came through from a friend that my videos were no longer being served and that my account had been suspended.
Darren’s YouTube channel was reinstated but without explanation of why it was suspended in the first place.
Darren gives out good solid information that has given him a well-deserved and respected reputation. Having his account suspended for one video that YouTube deemed unacceptable puts an undeserved mark on all of his work.
Unfortunately this happens all the time. My Twitter account was blocked for a day, without explanation, then reinstated. I know of many people who have years worth of blog posts deleted without apparent cause. We have all gotten use to the Internet as the gateway to our communities. We can lose it all in a moment.
A couple of months ago my laptop crashed and all the data I had on the desktop was lost. Despite knowing better I had not backed up as I should have. I forget to backup my blog(s) data. Maybe you are like me and blithely go through life thinking it will all go well.
Remember that any social networking site can shut down, or you, without notice. As we bask in the reach of our online communities remember to cultivate our offline friends and colleagues as well.
Here are some links that may help, as with your data, use all information with caution:
- How to Back Up Data from Hard Drive(s) to External Media
- Online Storage Services Review
- How To Backup Automatically Your Blog To Dropbox Account
- Video Storage and Digital pictures
What sites or strategies do you recommend?
In the meantime read Chris Brogan’s short post on Using Social Networking and Media Offline.
View Darren Rowse YouTube Channel here.