I’m a big fan of the podcast Reply All (subscribe here). The most recent episode is about Picturelife, a photo sharing service that recently pulled all of its users’ photos offline. They just completely vanished one day. Host Alex Goldman interviewed one of Picturelife’s co-founders—Charles Forman, who sold the company—but who lost 93,000 of his own photos along with everybody else:
ALEX: And so I asked Charles, like, “What are you gonna do with your pictures from now on?”
CHARLES: I am going to save them to a hard drive on a RAID system, which means it’s, uh, it’s like physical set of disks in my apartment. I just feel like I cannot–I can not trust … I can’t trust cloud services anymore.
ALEX: As a person who founded a (laughing) cloud service that’s, like, a really big thing to say. That’s, like, a really big statement.
The story still hasn’t completely unfolded, but hopefully this kind of attention will help these users recover their lost photos sooner than later.