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Why is Bitpuf Better? Get v1.4 and See! (Hint: you control your content…)

5 Reasons bitpuf is Better

  1. bitpuf puts you in control.

Social networks and email providers retain your shared content and build detailed personal profiles. We know that some things need to be shared differently.

  1. With bitpuf, it’s all in one place.

Photos, files, instant messages… How many apps do you use to share your content?

  1. You leave no digital footprint.

Auto-erasing content keeps it off the record. Why archive it if you don’t need to?

  1. Beautiful design and simplicity matter.

You know it when you see it. Simplicity + ease of use = delight!

  1. Version 1.4 offers many improvements…

…and we’ll never stop looking for ways to make the experience even better.

Get v1.4

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and let us know what you think!

Get bitpuf Version 1.3!

Happy New Year from all of us at bitpuf!

We’re launching into 2017 with a fresh look. Version 1.3 is now available and it makes bitpuf even simpler and more convenient.

What’s new for 2017? Powerful productivity and effortless exchange!

All Your Content, One View, Always Current

With images and files now displayed together, you present all of your content in a single gallery view.

This makes bitpuf perfect for visual work and projects that involve multiple content types. It’s all right there for you to see. And updates are reflected instantly.

No Account Needed

Viewers don’t need an account—they just tap a link to see your Clip! They can even send you comments.

Better Business with bitpuf

You probably know that bitpuf is great for sharing personal content like photos and videos.

But did you know that businesses and professionals like using bitpuf to exchange confidential documents, contracts, and other sensitive content like invoices, signed forms, tax or financial data?

Instant Delivery, No Digital Footprint

Most electronic exchanges leave digital footprints. In-person exchanges do not.

Using bitpuf, you get the benefits of both: it’s like having a sealed envelope hand-delivered instantly.

Control version dispersion
There’s nothing more frustrating and less efficient than trying to keep track of shared documents or files. When you are working with a team, bitpuf makes it simple‐-updates are reflected instantly so everyone will always be accessing the latest version.
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All of your content in a single view
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Internal sharing for highest security
Keep content secure
When sharing with other bitpuf users, you maintain tight control over access. To view your content, viewers must login.
You can also share content via a link to make your content accessible without logging in.
It’s your choice.
Comment conveniently
There’s no need to switch to a messaging app to communicate. You can comment right in the bitpuf app.
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In-app comments & replies in the same view
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Editable expiration settings–to the hour
Automate expiration
Of course, there’s no better way to keep your content secure than to make it go away after it’s reached its recipients.
With bitpuf, you can get very granular and set your expiration time down to the hour.
And once it’s gone, it’s gone.
We don’t archive.
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Digital Dead Wood: Why Do We Keep So Many Photos?

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a thousand pictures are worth little if we retain them because of inertia, indecision, or failure to filter.

Digital imaging has vastly simplified photography but complicated the processing of its prolific output.

As pixel resolution increases, our resolution to select, manage, and preserve our image collections weakens. The result: an inverse relationship between the volume of digital images we create and our ability to control them.

Who enjoys sorting through the 60 or 100 photos taken over a weekend, culling out the duplicates, the blurry ones, the backlit and poorly composed, selecting only those worth keeping? Who among us performs this chore routinely?

Dead wood in the tree of knowledge

If digital data were a living thing, it would constitute the roots of information-economy flora. Although nothing can grow without these roots, they alone will not generate a tree of knowledge, let alone a blossom. Often they create an impenetrable tangle.

Big data, small data, the Internet of Things (IoT), the thousands of digital images that we amass every year…much of it is dead wood and should be pruned judiciously.

Although we recognize that excessive, indiscriminate collecting gives rise to all kinds of dysfunction, we don’t wield the shears to cut it down to size.

Data economics don’t make sense

The deleterious effects of data hoarding and information overload are widespread and longstanding. Futurist Alvin Toffler wrote about these in 1970, well before the first digital camera appeared on the market in 1991.

As these phenomena progressed, the terms describing them evolved as well—information glut, data glut, data smog, digital noise—and gave rise to new terms for related issues—filter failure, time famine, information fatigue syndrome, and data exhaust.

No matter what we call it, too much data and poorly targeted data are problematic.

Note the numbers

First, consider the rate at which data flow and connectivity will increase; it is staggering.

  • The amount of digital data produced worldwide is expected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025, via more than 80 billion connected devices
  • In 2016, 5.5 million new things will connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) every day
  • Global Internet traffic (web, email, IM) is forecast to reach 193,104 PB by 2019

By the way, 1,000 GB ≈ 1 TB (Terabyte); 1,000 TB ≈ 1 PB (Petabyte); 1,000 PB ≈ 1 EB (Exabyte); 1,000 EB ≈ ZB (Zettabyte)

Personal data represents a remarkable proportion of these totals (and companies are taking notice, collecting personal data and combining it with big data from other sources in order to improve analytics and by extension the personalized offers presented to consumers).

The digital-image share of this personal data is also astounding: an estimated 1 trillion photos captured in 2015.

Next, consider the costs of storage.

  • Data centers leave huge environmental footprints. Some calculate that their annual electricity usage in kilowatt-hours rivals that of a country of about 17 million. Uploading photos to the cloud using “free” services comes at a cost, even if we do not incur it directly.
  • A refrigerator-sized device can store 16 PB data. With so much real-time data streaming in from embedded sensors, it shouldn’t be difficult to fill them to capacity. However, with vendors charging up to $20 per GB, data storage costs are anything but free.

One storage vendor notes: “No one can look at all their data anymore; they need algorithms just to decide what to look at.” Indeed only 0.5% of data gathered is even analyzed. If it’s good data, it might reveal something useful; if it’s bad data, it can be misleading.

Obviously, it all comes down to making choices, evaluating what we capture, collect, and store, controlling the impulse to hold on to it all, just in case.

The logic of selecting and deleting

If we address the behavior that drives data overload, we can nip it in the bud rather than pruning the full-grown results.

Every time we snap a photo, post it, share it, or send it to the cloud, we need to ask: Do I really need to save this? Every digital artifact we create should either be destined for deletion or properly prepared for preservation.

History is constructed from artifacts that survive. Physical preservation is one factor in their survival. Another is the very act of selection.

Shakespeare famously left behind little for posterity to examine. Many visual artists destroy their own work (e.g., Monet and Picasso). Deletion is a highly effective strategy for protecting one’s reputation and legacy.

Implicit in this tradition is the acknowledgement that

  • inferior, intermediate, or temporary output is not worth saving
  • destroying personal documents ensures privacy and control
  • what we release into the world reflects us post facto

So what of the impulse today to chronicle every inane element of our lives? What compels this micro-documentation?

These are questions for sociologists, anthropologists, and psychologists, but the behavior itself concerns technologists, data scientists, and security experts. (Because it isn’t just photos. Sensitive content of all kinds is left to dangle indefinitely in cyberspace at significant risk.)

Excessive volume

Some materials do acquire value over time. The personal correspondence of literary greats and other famous people satisfy our nostalgia, voyeurism, and celebrity worship, and they provide a sightline into the creative lives of artistic genius.

But the unit of measure has changed. Digital output dwarfs most paper archives. (Compare the presidential papers of 100 years ago to more recent ones.)

The fact is, in the digital age, the issue of volume is more acute.

Taking a photo used to be a deliberate act; it required taking notice of the angle of the sun, ensuring proper focus, framing the composition, waiting for Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment.”

Now we think nothing of taking 20 photos to get a single winner. Unfortunately, we rarely look at the other 19.

When we postpone the acts of filtering and eliminating (telling ourselves that we’ll do it later), the volume of data we generate quickly becomes overwhelming! (Concierge photo organizers will do this for those who can justify the expense. There’s also software for automatic album creation.)

Indiscriminate value

At least as important as the issue of quantity is the question of quality, or more precisely, value.

Our frenetic digital sharing lends new meaning to the term “quantified self.” How (and why) would a biographer sort through and make sense of tens of thousands of Kardashian Tweets?

“Self-showing…can be…a sort of charming ritual of daily inventory,” writes cultural critic Adam Gopnick.

An occasional dose of charm is understandably appealing. But rituals exist in defined time and space, not on a continuum. Once performed, a ritual’s purpose is exhausted. So why preserve it?

This is not a criticism of the impulse to capture memorable moments, but a consideration of the confounding consequences:

  • the climate implications of our digital carbon footprint
  • the information security risks of retaining personal data in the cloud
  • the issues of visibility, irretrievability, and digital preservation of the unstructured data in emails, messages, images, etc.

To say nothing of what relying on digital records does to the physiological construction of our personal histories.

What kind of emotional imprint can we create in our minds when we experience things through the lens of a smartphone screen? Our memories are so much richer when encoded through the input of all five senses (smelling the salt air, hearing laughter, feeling the warmth of the sun).

Neverlasting is natural

A very short-lived species of mayfly takes its name from the Greek word ephemera, meaning “lasting one day.” In their abbreviated life span, these insects serve their purpose and then expire.

We might do well to take notice of this cycle as we consider the volume and value of the data we generate, consume, and store.

Let’s do ourselves a favor by sharing in the moment, relieving ourselves of the “selection” burden, and letting go of the impulse to save every digital communication we create.

Differentiate content. Favor quality over quantity. Define value. Eliminate dead wood.

You can start by using bitpuf. It’s designed for sharing impermanent content.


Make it Neverlasting!

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5 Types of Content that Shouldn’t Last Forever

Message in a bottle

Journalist John Markoff recently reported on a potential breakthrough in storage technology that could make it possible to store all the world’s data on synthetic DNA. It would fit in 12 wine bottles.

The Library of Congress holds more than 160 million items in 470 languages stored on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves: works of literature, scientific data, presidential papers, sheet music, rare manuscripts and maps…there are so many things worth preserving and archiving.

But there are even more that are not: grocery lists, casual emails and text messages, social media posts, telephone conversations, memos, homework assignments, doodles…Think about what it takes to store all the content produced by a single person in one year!

Digital is different

While we must file away important documents in a safe place—a signed original, for example—we do not want multiple digital copies stored indefinitely elsewhere. Yet that is precisely what happens when we share content using email and many file-sharing services.

Often, we cannot take the steps we’d like to protect sensitive information: deleting a file after it’s delivered digitally isn’t always the same as shredding its physical equivalent. In many cases, once we’ve sent it, its fate is out of our control.

And then there’s all of the not-worth-saving stuff that clutters our digital lives.

We’ve become digital hoarders

In transitioning to the digital world, we have failed to apply the same selectivity that drives our behavior in sorting through our physical materials. When was the last time you culled outdated files from your computer or old messages from your inbox? If we were to retain every piece of paper that passes through our lives, we’d be buried in it.

Here are 5 distinctly un-storage-worthy kinds of digital content.

1. Every photo ever taken

Today’s mobile phones produce fantastic, high-quality images and it’s very tempting to tap the screen. So much easier than working with manual focus cameras, cellulose film, the developing process, and leather-bound albums.

There’s a powerful impulse to capture a scene, a moment, a memorable event, to create a visual reminder, to save ourselves the time and effort of writing something down. Few of us enjoy the task of selecting, deleting, transferring, and uploading these digital images. But just because we can keep all of this stuff, doesn’t mean we should.

2. Casual communications

R u home yet? We need more milk. Are we still on for 1?

Once uttered, these exchanges lose all of their value. Digital advertisers might want to know that you have run out of milk or where you are at 1:00. But what further value do the messages bring you?

3. Time-sensitive content

A coupon expires after a certain date, a reminder is pointless after the fact, an invitation no longer needed following an event. Keeping these around wastes energy and space.

4. Confidential material

The convenience of electronic delivery is one of the great universal upsides of information technology. Just don’t forget the downsides: data breaches, identity fraud, lack of privacy control. When you email a copy of your 1099 to your accountant, or SMS a password to your spouse, you usually lose the ability to “shred” these digitally.

5. Private information

Who hasn’t expressed a private thought in an email to a friend? Maybe we’ve disclosed things that we’d prefer to be forgotten. The spoken word is ephemeral and more easily left behind. Our digital trifles follow us around.

We need to be more discerning with our digital content, to distinguish what we share by its intended lifespan and its vulnerability once it leaves our fingertips.

For neverlasting content, there’s always bitpuf.

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