You generate much more information than the files and messages you create
EMC now has a digital footprint calculator on their website. It estimates how much information is being created, stored and replicated by one’s daily life. This is an eye-opening exercise that points out all the myriad ways we each generate digital information, far beyond the obvious powerpoints, emails and digital movies.
Similarities to Carbon Footprint
It has similarities with the Carbon Footprint concept, and of course is directly related due to the power needed to store the kept info I caused to exist in the world. Another similarity: much of the information created on my behalf was not at my bidding.
I highly recommend the related IDC-EMC forecast of worldwide information growth through 2011.
According to EMC, I’m generating about 8 GB a day – over half a TB so far in 2008. Beth Pariseau’s and Chuck Hollis’s footprints are here.
What’s your digital footprint? Comment back and we’ll compare notes.