Innovation is a funny thing. Lately here, it’s been moving so fast, that making technology purchases has become a bit of a gamble. How do we know our purchases wont be obsolete within a week? Remember the Flip Video? It was quickly replaced with smart phones that also capture HD video. What else may go the way of the Flip Video? If Google Cloud rolls out as reported, it could be external hard drives.
Mashable recently reported that the Google Cloud release could be imminent, and with it comes 5GB of storage space. For some that may not seem like a lot. Granted, I clean and store about that much from my computer annually. Usually that data is a mix of PDFs of payment confirmations and other documents, older pics I don’t immediately need and video files from projects I know I wont revisit. But for many 5GB is a good amount of free storage space.
One could argue that giving away free storage space that a consumer would normally pay $50 – $100 for might hurt the economy. But the flip side to that is perhaps narrowing the digital divide by offering free storage to everyone, including those who can’t shell out money for an external.
Implied altruism aside, it doesn’t change the fact that with 5GB of data each, from millions of users, we must continue to hope that Google won’t be evil.