What You Can’t Live Without in 2009 – Your Data

The digerati have begun detailing their yearly lists of Web and digital products they “can’t live without.” The sad truth is that we really can’t live without these items in our lives. We no longer know people’s phone numbers, rely on e-mail as our memory, and have countless silos of data around the Web that represent the most important pieces of personal and professional information in our lives.

If I had to guess, what you really couldn’t live without in 2009 has less to do with these products and more to do about the data they have:

You probably couldn’t live without your cell phone in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without having your phone book with you at all times.

You probably couldn’t live without your e-mail in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without the contents of your e-mail inbox.

You probably couldn’t live without Amazon.com in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without your wishlist of books to buy.

You probably couldn’t live without search in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without getting movie times, finding directions, or looking something up in an encyclopedia instantly.

You probably couldn’t live without your blogging software in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without all the posts you’ve written as a blogger .

You probably couldn’t live without Facebook in 2009. Or maybe you just couldn’t live without all the contact information you have available in it.

For all the usefulness of the Internet and digital technology, entrusting so much confidence in 1’s and 0’s can be exceptionally detrimental to our personal and professional lives.

The reality is that we, as users of many free Web products, are completely at the mercy of these oddly named companies. They owe nothing to us. In fact, many of their Terms of Service make no guarantees about their future existence or abruptness of a possible demise. And why should they? After all, many of them are free.

Data is the real “must have” of 2009. Anyone that has our data knows that…and should feel comfortable amidst trying economic times.