This morning I received notification that I platform that I tried and ended up not using was going to become unavailable.
They said that the data I created would be available for four months.
That's a useful level of advanced notice; they are taking steps to prevent me from being at risk of losing the data.
While one could imagine stronger steps of making sure I could access forever and ever, the useful life of the type of data I would put on that platform is about 3 months.
It's as a startup company, when they relaunch, I'll remember this.
Last week, another platform that I do rely on kicked off some users without warning them. The users hadn't done anything problematic; it wasn't that type of issue. This needless caused them to potentially lose access to their only copy of important information. While I would hope that they all had some type of backups, I know some didn't.
I will hope that those users will learn from to keep copies under their own control of valuable. I hope you are already doing that.
It should be obvious that the “villain” company in our story will be remembered for at least as long as I remember that “hero” company and that while I am not including either name here, the whispers about the villainous misdeeds have already begun.