Steve Gillmor don’t posts every day, but he did post on Sunday, and I suspect he didn’t find another great article on disruption, and created one himself.
First, I was a bit surprised; I thought GDrive was a bit me-too. That Google was trying to just match iCloud, and not worth mentioning at all. And it wasn’t easy to find it either. I had to go to my settings in Google Docs to find that I had my 5 Gigs of GDrive.
Reading the article again, Gillmor seems to look at GDrive as a big bucket of links to my documents, and with ability and tools to both show and edit them. He sees this as the death of both filesystem and documents, and is quite happy with that:
In other words, the list of things I don’t care about just got longer. I don’t care about the file name, because it is now wrapped in a container that includes the services I can access in addition to the information itself. I don’t care about the metadata, not the names of the people who have access to it or the sharing model that controls that, because it’s dynamic and subject to change as the universe continues to expand or contract or whatever. And I don’t care about the abstraction of the document, the parent object, because all I want to know is what this is about, not how it got here or where it’s going next.
[GDrive differ from iCloud in that you can share and even make the files public.]
It seems Steve has a hell of problems with his editorials. He even mails documents to himself in order to get access to them on his iPad. [It reminds me on how difficult writing documents was before Byword got the revised iCloud connection.] He expects apps to help us out:
Right now there are interchange issues, and business issues where Apple wants me to stay in iCloud and Google in Gdrive and Microsoft in whatever Mesh is now called. But I don’t care about any of that, and apps will appear that erase those distinctions, at least from my awareness. I will pay for the value of not knowing. Lots of us will.