Our digital life has evolved from a few files and emails at a small number of places to something too complex for us to handle! The problems listed here motivated us to create our app Blob – a universal aggregator.
So what makes our digital life so complex?
- The digital sprawl has gotten out of control. We used to have too many local storage locations – hard drives, USB/thumb drives, network drives, phones, CDs/DVDs, cameras. . . Now, we also have too many remote storage locations – email accounts, cloud/photo storage accounts, social media accounts, web based calendars, text messaging account. . . Old infrequently used accounts stay around like zombies – the problem only gets worse over time, not better.
- New content types make the problem worse. We used to have to worry only about proprietary file types. Digital evolution has brought us social media posts/comments, text messages, contacts, appointments and digital notes. These are often stored at vendor servers in vendor-proprietary format – we are at their mercy for continued access to our valuable content.
- This has brought us an app sprawl. Each email, calendar and cloud storage vendor wants us to use their own fancy apps to access content stored there. The same vendor’s app looks different between phones/tablets and PCs. Even non-app website interfaces vary across different vendors. Keeping up with the non-stop “improvements” takes a mental toll.
- Its very-very difficult to make sure we don’t lose valuable content. How do you back up a valuable social media post/comment or a text message with a phone number? Should we back up valuable data from web based accounts to local drives (not just the other way around)? How do you reconcile the urge to backup to cloud storage with the cost, performance and safety concerns about backing up sensitive personal content there? We often just give up.
- Finding something is too painful. A 6 year old photo or document could be on your current computer, an old computer’s CD/DVD backup, your Facebook account, an attachment in some email, your phone or in a cloud photo/file storage account (and even inside a ZIP file!). Searching them one by one is very frustrating. Content types like text messages, social media posts/comments etc. and storage locations like phones, calendar accounts etc. are inherently un-searchable anyway.
- Digital organization has gotten much harder. You cannot create a folder-like hierarchy to organize text messages or social media posts/comments. You cannot tag them either. Even with files and emails, you can organize only within a specific storage location. How many of us have all our “Financial Info” or “Baby Photos” in exactly one place?
- Nothing gives us a holistic view of our personal digital content. Financial aggregators give us a holistic picture of different types of assets at different banks and brokerage accounts. We don’t have anything comparable for our files, emails, contacts, social media posts etc. It is impossible to get high-level insights or spot patterns that become visible only when we aggregate different content types from different storage locations.
Our digital content management app Blob simplifies your digital life by addressing many of these problems. It lets you easily find, organize, manage and use all your personal digital content from anywhere. I encourage you to explore its capabilities and try it out.