Yet again we see "The Cloud", a singularly great concept if implemented correctly, undermined by businesses making short term decisions to discontinue services ordinary people have come to love and rely upon. In this case, Twitter announced Vine, people came to believe in it, and now Twitter is pulling the plug.
As long as businesses fail to follow through when creating new Internet served applications, trust in the entire concept of Internet served applications is going to be undermined. Would you trust a third party service to manage your data? How many people would use a third party email system, for example, knowing that at any moment the owners can simply say "Hey, this is costing us money, let's pull the plug", leaving you disconnected and helpless.
We need better commitments from businesses who announce vital new services, or else the entire viability of the "cloud" will collapse, with few being willing to trust it.
This quagmire of businesses failing to provide trustworthy services that must be trustworthy to be adopted will not disappear by itself. Resources need to be devoted, and unless people are prepared to actually act, not just talk about it on Slashdot, nothing will ever get done. Apathy is not an option.
You can help by getting off your rear and PHONING YOUR CONGRESSMAN OR SENATOR RIGHT NOW. Tell them your concerns about Vine. Warn them that trillions of dollars are being lost because of these issues. Tell them this is important to you. Tell them that you appreciate the work being done by organizations like Amazon and Google to make the cloud more dependable, but that without a stronger commitment to long term provisioning of services, you will be forced to use less and less secure and intelligently designed alternatives. Explain the concerns you have about freedom, openness, and choice, and how Vine's discontinuation undermines all three. Let them know that this is an issue that effects YOU directly, that YOU vote, and that your vote will be influenced, indeed dependent, on their policies the cloud.
You CAN make a difference. Don't treat voting as a right, treat it as a duty. Remember, it was thanks to ordinary people like YOU that we are now seeing such innovations as SMP in OpenBSD. Keep informed, keep your political representatives informed on how you feel. And, most importantly of all, vote. Today. For anyone who doesn't pander to Neo-Nazis. Even if they're a little "corrupt" in a "Washington is corrupt these days" way, which is still better than being, you know, a free speech trampling violence encouraging demagogue. FFS, PLEASE VOTE. PLEASE. I'm serious now. My God, we seriously got this far, we're this close to voting in a totalitarian lunatic for President because, in large part, people keep making up fake conspiracies about his opponent and she's not exactly anyone's first choice of President. DO SOMETHING, PLEASE.