Drop.io: A step the right direction for user data

July 31, 2009

drop.io

I just read a great article somewhere that described how entrepreneurs could take advantage of a new trend that’s slowly emerging: services that allow you to control the half-life of content you post online.

Drop.io, a private file sharing tool, allows you to set a time frame for the content you share to expire or delete together.  This might go against some  who advocate openness and transparency, yet I would argue that this is a step in the right direction when it comes to who controls the information we put online in the future.

So the next time you offer a web service of any kind, why not give your users full control over their data?  Not only would it be an added benefit for your customer, it would also set you a apart from the mass hysteria that is the internet.

WHY?!?! (You ask?)

Because in this data mining world we live in, full control of one’s data is as transparent and open as it gets.  Share with them how you use their data, and if they are interested, let them delete what you’ve collected from them.

Not only would this be the moral, ethical thing to do, I can only imagine your web service would shoot to the top of its respective field (if you marketed the benefit appropriately) from offering such a service.

Now, If only we could get Facebook to agree to something like this…

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