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Did You Know Twitter Deletes Your Old Tweets? Here’s How to Back Them Up
The importance of backup can never be overstated. No matter what it is, if it’s important to you, back it up. You never know when something might fail, and you’ll find yourself wishing you’ve taken the time to back up your stuff. Your Twitter presence is no different. In the several years Twitter’s been around, many of us have collected thousands of tweets, followers, DMs and lists. While not all of these can be backed up, why not save what you can?
Use Multiple Online Cloud Storage Services for Free and Organized Backup
We recently reviewed a few popular cloud storage services in an attempt to help you choose the best one, but why should you necessarily have to choose just one? Instead, use them all to create an organized online backup system that's completely free. Cloud Storage Faceoff: Windows Live SkyDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Amazon Cloud Drive Cloud Storage Faceoff: Windows Live SkyDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Amazon Cloud Drive Cloud Storage Faceoff: Windows Live SkyDrive vs.… With Amazon's recent entry into consumer cloud storage, we've got quite a few competitors … Read more Read more You can follow Adam Dachis, the author of this post, on and . If you'd like to contact him, is the most effective means of doing so.
Seems like every day a new online data storage service opens its servers to the world, practically begging users to eat up their bandwidth and store their data, or at least back it up, to "the cloud." We've noted, reviewed, and shared a good number of hacks for these services, many of which offer gigabytes of free storage. But how can you know which site is worth sending your data to, and which fits best into how you work and play? We've put together a spreadsheet comparison of the online storage sites we've mentioned here, and those that have stood the test of time, to help you out.Adam previously compiled the results from a reader survey of the best online file sharing services , which cuts pretty close to the contenders in this field. Those winners were, in order: , , , and . Here's our feature-by-feature comparison chart of the current roster of online storage services—the ones that offer some form of free plan, anyways. (All of these services offer some form of security and privacy with uploaded files, along with, in most cases, the ability to share and/or collaborate on documents). All of the services listed above have appeared on Lifehacker at one point or another, too. If you know of, or use, another service that offers comparable (or better) features than those below, tell us in the comments and we'll update the chart.
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Backupify Cloud Backup Free Until January 31; Stays Free If You Sign Up Now
Previously mentioned web service Backupify backs up all your online accounts (Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and a ton more) to the cloud, normally for a nominal fee—but until January 31, 2010, all Backupify accounts will be free with unlimited storage. After this period, the service will go back to a paid pricing structure. Anyone who signs up for an account during this free period, however, will remain free—and unlimited—forever. So if you've been considering the service (or feel the need to backup your Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Wordpress, or many other supported online accounts), now is the time to sign up. If you don't see your service listed, sign up anyway—they've announced that YouTube and Linkedin backups are coming soon, and they plan to continue to launch support for more services. It can't hurt—after all, it doesn't get much cheaper than free. [Backupify via ZDNet] Backupify Makes Regular Backups of Your Online Data Backupify Makes Regular Backups of Your Online Data Backupify Makes Regular Backups of Your Online… Think about how much of your important data is stuck in the cloud. Web service Backupify backs up… Read more Read more
Amazon Cloud Drive Stores 5 GB of Your Stuff Online and Streams Your Music Back to You
Amazon's made a big leap into the cloud storage space, giving anyone with an Amazon account access to 5 GB of free online space for their files, along with a "Cloud Player" for the web and Android that streams your uploaded music right back to you. Also, buy just one Amazon MP3 album, and you upgrade to 20 GB.
Gmail users put a lot of their lives into their inboxes. Over nearly seven years, with ever-increasing storage, how could you not? So if your inbox suddenly went blank, where would you turn? Now's the time to get a secondary stash in place. Here are four options—free or cheap, easy or geeky—that will give you peace of mind. Gmail Glitch Seemingly Wipes Everything from 150,000 Accounts (So Back Yours Up Already) Gmail Glitch Seemingly Wipes Everything from 150,000 Accounts (So Back Yours Up Already) Gmail Glitch Seemingly Wipes Everything from… About 150,000 Gmail users, or 0.08 percent of the webmail service, logged in over the weekend to… Read more Read more Those are the easiest solutions we know of for getting a whole-hog Gmail backup in place, either for free or for a pretty reasonable price. If we missed any, do let us know in the comments.
Google Docs has officially thrown open their data doors, allowing users to back up all their documents to whatever formats they choose and compressed into a ZIP file. It's serious peace of mind for those concerned about the cloud.
Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Thousands of Pictures Out of Flickr
If you're a long-time user of photo site Flickr looking to move your files elsewhere, it's not a one-click export. Blogger John Saddington explains his process for moving roughly 21,000 pictures and videos from Flickr to Picasa Web Albums.