The clouds are getting bigger and bigger. Of course, by clouds I mean the revolution of cloud computing that has taken our decade head on, merging information into one place of universal access, successfully improving efficiency for both the end user and the host. Cloud computing allows companies to more easily manage the information their programs administer, while giving users the benefits of accessing their data anywhere, not worry about losing their data, and integration with other cloud computing applications. However, the water vapor in our technological atmosphere has not fully formed our cloud. We are still growing, and where the cloud grows next is always of interest. Furthermore, will this cloud ever rain on our parade?
Photo editing has just entered the cloud: Google announced that they acquired Picnik earlier today, and integration with other Google services is not far off the horizon. This will be extremely useful to users, as Picnik allows people to take images directly from Facebook, edit them as necessary (and they have some pretty cool tools), and then send it back to where it came from, or anywhere else for that matter. In other words, it is now entirely possible to manage your photos without a photo every touching the hard drive of your computer (unless you are uploading them from your camera, which even then Google is giving Eye-Fi cards when you buy more space, which uploads photos directly from your camera).
For those who remember my previous posts, I commented on how the next age of technology was a molecular age, where individual atoms of information could be connected and bonded more easily than now. (Giving credit where credit is due, this was Robert Scoble's idea.) I further proposed that a meta-API type of standard should be set up, where different social networking sites could interact with each other, much like the Google Wave Federation protocol. Well, unfortunately, turns out people are now working on the idea. For the little high school student, it is extremely difficult to beat the big guns to making some type of product or software, but I guess we got to take what's given. Anyway, seeing as my (and their, and probably many others, I just have not looked) idea is now possibly a reality, the entire model of cloud computing is about to be revolutionized.
What is my point in all of this? Go to the cloud. Recently, Louis Gray has been trying and trying to move to the cloud. I have been doing things on the cloud for quite a while. You'll find if you jump in now, and try to set yourself up before the entire network becomes more in-depth and complicated, it will be worth your while later on when the cloud becomes a storm. Furthermore, by putting yourself in the cloud earlier, it will become easier to adopt the new concepts associated with cloud computing. If you wait another five years, I'm sure the switch will be much harder.