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webdataBackup.com

Backup your gmail geni and even facebook online
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Give the site your username and password, and for no pay you can backup once a month up to a certain amount of data. For a tiny fee you can backup monthly. For a bit more, you even get a daily backup of everything. So that when google goes broke or your email user/pw is compromised, you have a backup. OR! Better yet! Backup for free at ANY rate. But if you ever want to retrieve your contact list, or Geni images, pay for them!

To enter the site, besides a onetime user/pw that you give it and that actually works, you supply a series of answers to common questions, or a series of questions you can ask, that you know the answer to. Then to retrieve the backup you must supply that information.

pashute, Aug 31 2009

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       There are plenty of web-based backup services already, but those all back up your hard-drive, not your social life. So, this would be a cross between a backup service and a, uh, personal content aggregator or something. (What _do_ you call a thing that logs into your personal mailboxes/sites for you?)   

       I think a lot of the users of such a service wouldn't realize that they are backing up the static appearance of services (like archive.org does), but not the service functionality itself.   

       Sounds like a prescription for lots of custom screen scraping code and some bizdev arrangements.
jutta, Aug 31 2009
  

       Although the idea sounds redundant, you get a bun from me. Yahoo has lost 10+ years of e-mail from one of my accounts and still can't retrieve it. (The engineers are looking into the problem, I'm told). True, I could have done this myself, but I did not. I think you may have a niche -- my only concern would be privacy, reselling of your data, etc.
cowtamer, Sep 01 2009
  

       Sorry [21Quest]! Its NOT called Mozy. They do online backup of YOUR DISK! Not of my ONLINE content. So they don't do what I'm proposing at all.   

       [Bigsleep] thanks! It wouldn't be cheaper for the site itself, if the "site itself" closes down, or all of a sudden decides to charge a fee.   

       Scraping yes, [Jutta], but not all that much... for an email service its probably just an extra simple "forward" of each mail item in the folders, once, and then using a listener service (which always exists for these programs)
pashute, Sep 02 2009
  
      
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