The shutdown of #GooglePlus is yet another warning sign for anybody providing valuable content to any closed, centralized platform.
Many of us will see shutdown of #facebook, #YouTube, #Twitter, you name it. Think about it.
Use services who support #decentralization and data export & import.

@publicvoit Most interesting, however, I felt in a similar situation a few weeks ago when one of the #fediverse instances I have an account on went down practically overnight without me having a chance to back up anything before. 😉

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As @z428 has pointed out, decentralisation does not offer almost any advantages in this particular respect.

Individual instances are *more* likely to shut down or be subject to successful hacking, or data loss compared to the giants. What changes is that not *all* data would disappear (or be hacked) overnight but only parts of it.

I also note that technologies such as depend heavily on the efforts of a single developer.

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@61 @z428 I can absolutely follow your rationale but I do disagree. Any decentralized, federated system is much more likely to have an import/export mechanism which lets you create backups or switch to a different instance. With the example of Google+: everything is lost for good. All the effort was spent for nothing when it comes to preventing loss of knowledge.

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Ok, but in that case it is sufficient to advocate data export / import, regardless of centralisation.

For the record, I do support decentralisation but merely because I do not believe our ability to communicate and exchange information should be in the hands of a monopoly. This is not the 80s anymore.

@z428

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In any event, custody of own data should never be delegated to a third party unless you absolutely can afford losing it. I think we agree on that. 👍

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