Evernote Is A Digital Brain Not A Digital Dustbin

in Cloud Computing, Mobile Cloud, Productivity

evernote-logo-designI have been an Evernote premium subscriber for a good many years and I certainly wasn’t going to downgrade my account when the company changed its pricing plans earlier in the year.  At the same time Evernote announced a new “unlimited limit” and have recently had to backtrack when a stack of people started uploading the equivalent of their entire video and music library into Evernote. Now I guess that unlimited pledge was asking for trouble but I do worry about the mindset of some people. Just as email was never intended to send your entire collection of holiday snaps from your smartphone, Evernote was never intended to be a mega dustbin for the world’s digital crap. As the good folks at Evernote explained on their blog:

“Several months ago, we launched the new and improved Evernote Premium. One of our goals was to eliminate any worries about how much you could put into your account. Our feeling was that the previous limit was too low for active use, so we chose to remove the limits altogether with the introduction of unlimited monthly uploads. “Unfortunately, “unlimited” is such a powerful term that it ended up being both confusing and problematic. Almost instantly, people began using Evernote in a completely new way: mass file storage and backup.

“We designed Evernote as a productivity service to allow you to create and keep your important work in one place. We’re your second brain, not your second hard drive. When people began using Evernote in this new unintended fashion, we started seeing a degradation in service quality. That’s not good for anyone. “So, instead of the heady “unlimited”, we’re choosing a limit that’s well beyond the needs of 99.999% of our current user base: 10 GB per month. Over time, we expect that file sizes will continue to increase and, as they do, we’ll keep improving the service and increasing limits so that Premium users can continue to use Evernote without worry.”

Now, there are a shed load of back up and storage services such as Degoo that come along a damn site cheaper than the Evernote premium charge and if you are a bit tech savvy then setting up an Amazon account is probably the way to go.  No-one, including me, is going to thank anyone who risks slowing the service down.Personally I cannot see myself hitting the 10gb a month through normal usage. I also think Phil and the team at the Green Elephant have taken the right decision rather than placate a few people. Way To Go Team E!

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