Last week, I got mail from Google telling me more or less that they would shut Google+ at the beginning of April and all data that go along with it may progressively disappear in February already. The pictures, the comments, the followers.
Of course, one who is using what is called a free service (which is of course not really free, because you are the product) cannot complain, but once again, I feel the web is like a windy road. Dog owners talk to each other while their best friends are sniffing at each other, and the wind is carrying their words away: after discussion, words cannot be retrieved or downloaded anywhere. One could pretend they are lost, but the exchange was the important thing, not the traces it leaves behind.
Every website, portal or service we use today - and even if I pay for it - could be gone tomorrow if the operator decides so. Just like businesses disappear in our towns when the owner moves away, retires or dies.
In fact, why should online life be different than offline life? Moving to another town, starting working for another company or training in another dojo also means having to get followers from scratch. Hard enough, but feasible.
Back to art now. The work I created this week is a kind of topographic dream map ;-)
And for those who are interested in the growing progress of my small avocado plant, I took this pic today, putting it in the sun just for the photo session, and then in the shade again: