So it’s been 15 years (can you believe it?) since ebay first graced the beautiful shores of the United Kingdom in all its glory. I often think about how I would be able to manage these days if it wasn’t for this one stop shop where you can * literally * buy anything that your heart or wallet desires, needs or more to the point, REALLY doesn’t need.
I have purchased many an item in a rash haze of consumer greed and unecessity. I have bought shoes that I would never wear, clothes that were both far too big and too small (not at the same time), furniture for pennies and random memorabilia for NO apparent reason. But yet, whilst it may increase or spending habits, it also provides a brilliant and unique service and I have acquired so many amazing things that I probably never would have known existed or realised that I needed if it wasn’t for the fabulous online auction site we all know and love.
There aren’t many things out there that you probably couldn’t live with out once you get them in your life. I know that ebay might be on my list of ‘MUST HAVES’ to make my life and work possible in the same way that having access to The Cloud and using cloud computing would definitely be up there.
The main reason I say this is because of the nature of my business. I am a freelance graphic designer and I need to be able to share and access documents wherever I am and whenever I or my client or colleague needs them.
It’s not only the accessibility of it all, it’s also the size issue. The documents I work with and design are big and weighty in the MB department. I need to be able to place them and store them somewhere that I can rely on being safe and secure.
I need to be able to have the latest and greatest software up to date and ready to go and I need it to not be a nuisance and not allow viruses into my workstream.
So whilst maybe thinking about it, I could PROBABLY live without ebay (thankfully I won’t have to) I definitely couldn’t do without all the benefits that cloud computing and hosted exchange bring me. Ask me again in another 15 years and I’ll say the same thing.