Risk of technology

<p>I learned on the <span><a href="http://minimalmac.com/enough">Enough podcast</a></span><span> that Patrick Rhone does not like </span><span><a href="http://Evernote.com">Evernote</a></span><span>. What it boiled down to is that you cannot easily export all your data out of it, rendering the app as an information black hole. Then on another episode, he discussed the changes at Twitpic, who essentially told their users that all photos uploaded are owned by Twitpic and therefore can be sold as stock photography. Patrick&rsquo;s response, which I applaud, was to promptly go to Twitpic and remove his images.</span></p>

There is a huge risk to using technology. Certainly, you’ve experienced the constant churning of new services and apps in your own tech workflow. How many of your most used apps existed a year ago? What about five years ago? We live in an exciting time, but what happens when our favorite app or company loses popularity and goes out of business? Hopefully the spiral of despair doesn’t lead them to market your own files!

Now, I’m a lover of Evernote and will continue to use it. But that’s because I know how their company makes money, and they seem to be doing just fine. In fact, if you’re using a free service and you’re not sure how they make money, chances are either you yourself are the product or that business is soon to expire.