Never in a million years did I expect my sticker, ‘There is No Cloud’, to go the way it did. It’s just a pretty simple 8.13 x 6.45 cm die cut sticker. But unbelievably it went global! Like many others, I’ve had the pleasure of setting up many smartphones and tablets over the years and when It comes to the cloud storage part of the set-up (iCloud of OneDrive), the device owner look at me blankly and says “What, yes, whatever?!”. We are well and truly past the Nokia 5110 times of just popping in your SIM card and making a call with your market flashing arial.
Why? What? When? Where? Like many others, I’ve had the pleasure of setting up many smartphones and tablets over the years and when It comes to the cloud storage part of the set-up (iCloud of OneDrive), the device owner look at me blankly and says “What, yes, whatever?!”. We are well and truly past the Nokia 5110 times of just popping in your SIM card and making a call with your market flashing arial.
It’s actually rather scary how many people don’t have a bloody clue on what the ‘Cloud’ actually is. Let’s break it down for you…. it’s basically a computer that is located in a mostly unknown location that is connect to you via the internet which you’re able to store you personal data on it. Wow!
A bit like your homes computer, but you don’t own it or have physical access to it. I tell you what, if you just pop all your finance data and holiday snaps onto a USB memory stick, i’ll look after them for you?
That’s all great, now a bit more technical for you more understanding bunch. Although you should already know what it’s all about;
"Cloud computing, also known as 'on-demand computing', is a kind of Internet-based computing, where shared resources, data and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand.Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort."
Quoted from Wikipedia, wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
My frustration sparked in late 2014, over how business would use the phrase but not explain the term, resulting in many not have a clue about the cloud and what it actually is. Which is why I decided to design and send a sticker off to the printers, StickerMule. It’s sometimes quicker and more fun highlighting a fact for awareness with a sticker. I would of never guessed in a million years how popular and well known my sticker would become.
Here are the current statistics from the guys over at StickerMule, where you can grab your own ‘There Is No Cloud’ stickers. Or maybe a t-shirt or mug?
The number of; shares, likes, photos, retweets, mentions, links, hashtags, bla bla. that relate to my sticker is mind blowing and unfortunately unknown.
Here are a few randomly picked tweets from all around the world.
There is no cloud! It's just someone else's computer... pic.twitter.com/u4arumoep4 - Sticker Mule (@stickermule) July 10, 2015
This, everytime someone says "the cloud": pic.twitter.com/6BmeER68rq - Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) April 18, 2015
I need these. https://t.co/efXGilRU9n pic.twitter.com/yWh6OyMjpz - Paul Reinheimer (@preinheimer) April 16, 2015
San Francisco, California
Tell me again about your mythical cloud thingy cc @g33kspeed pic.twitter.com/XKQKWxVWgj - Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) August 16, 2015
There is no cloud... pic.twitter.com/k4kk1VlYMM - Luca Matteis (@lmatteis) June 22, 2015
Oh @stickermule your samples are so purdy ?? pic.twitter.com/54aOW5LP8D - Timea Konya (@timiiggy) January 5, 2016
My 1st sticker. I've given away 2 of the 4 extras I bought. @stickermule @gl33p @chriswatterston pic.twitter.com/T0T8HfLULw - Rob Reed (@robreed) December 24, 2015
Hey, my @stickermule stickers arrived! Thanks guys, they look great :-) pic.twitter.com/pMEbd2eB2U - Marek Jan | ??? (@marek_koza) December 19, 2015
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Haha brilliant ! "There is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer" pic.twitter.com/IThaVkD2Sm - Juan Pernia (@juanrules) November 4, 2015
Gulf of Mexico
I'm totally digging the stickers I received from @stickermule $1 sample pack! pic.twitter.com/Wyo7PmYOBO - @jason_ (@jason_) December 17, 2015
@stickermule @avocode @electronjs looks like they would go good with my collection ???? pic.twitter.com/9HEAuUDYbS - Jordan Jones (@jordan_jones98) December 16, 2015
Virgina Beach, Virginia
Amazing stickers, as always! Thanks from Madrid @stickermule pic.twitter.com/XxHYJmzhPq - Jorge Carriazo (@JorgeCarriazous) December 15, 2015
New sticker thanks to @stickermule pic.twitter.com/xnNqORLEFw - Miha Rekar (@mr_foto) December 4, 2015
West Virginia, US
New iPad case sticker from @stickermule showed up today! pic.twitter.com/3zZagCJLeM - Jim Jones (@k00laidIT) October 2, 2015
Los Altos, California
Friends keep asking for these stickers, so just got another shipment from @stickermule pic.twitter.com/9P9IIzRuif - Jim Fenton (@jimfenton) August 31, 2015
@stickermule finally the cloud sticker is here pic.twitter.com/GSIlVs2z5r - Hurricane Computing (@Hurricane_corp) August 26, 2015
Den Bosch, Netherlands
So happy with my stickers from @stickermule! Great service and personal thank you. 100 #MODX stickers for @MODXpo pic.twitter.com/mVt400O6Zs - Menno Pietersen (@MennoPP) August 26, 2015
hooray for new sticker from @stickermule (thx Jen!) http://t.co/42qeVBOZxd pic.twitter.com/GlcuiO3vpo - Ogre McClubbin' (@rogerogeroger) August 9, 2015
Japan, East Asia
Just ordered this awesome sticker from @stickermule pic.twitter.com/xnzwBIkQxO - Zeke (@devilsx) August 8, 2015
Cheers @stickermule ???? pic.twitter.com/wJXIXfku4Y - Michael Jack (@MikeyJck) June 22, 2015
Got my stickers order from @stickermule today. Turned out great! pic.twitter.com/XvmPa08ySI - Clayton O'Neill (@clayton_oneill) April 20, 2015
Fun times ahead courtesy of @stickermule and a nudge from @lusis! pic.twitter.com/aTbUmB4XG1 - WestJonWest (@WestJonWest) March 31, 2015
Wellington, New Zealand
Got my @stickermule stickers! Fast delivery as well pic.twitter.com/744mBBOKut - Phillip (@sitharus) June 29, 2015
. @MikeTalonNYC @jilljubs pic.twitter.com/etlNNKyRWz — Damian Karlson (@sixfootdad) August 28, 2015
#thereisnocloud thanks for the fast delivery @stickermule pic.twitter.com/5w6gPKYQug - Jeroen Lambrichts (@jlambrichts) June 29, 2015
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Livened up my monitor stand a bit with help from @lindseybieda @chriswatterston and @stickermule pic.twitter.com/57zu5T7kXk - Fire Wally (@fire_wally) June 29, 2015
San Francisco, California
Nice job on printing these stickers!! @stickermule pic.twitter.com/XWBGjBwbh6 - Jennifer Basalone (@zombiegator) June 23, 2015
Simi Valley, California
Latest from @stickermule. Lots of geeky goodness in their marketplace. Yes, @nikiacosta, I have a "no cloud" for you. pic.twitter.com/KSEOJLdJDT - Gary Kevorkian (@GARY805) August 6, 2015
Mountain View, California
<3 stickers @stickermule #thereIsNoCloud pic.twitter.com/aWr5o87fN8 - starbreiz (@starbreiz) July 14, 2015
It's true. #ThereIsNoCloud @stickermule pic.twitter.com/YAllKd0KTH - Rockey (@analoghumanoid) July 13, 2015
Sticker order from @stickermule arrived today. Helping to build cloud awareness, one person at a time. pic.twitter.com/1o6C6iIZ4p - Aaron (@Aaron2012R2) June 29, 2015
There is no #cloud - it’s just someone else’s computer. < Saw on @LinkedIn #Classic :-) @Steve_Lockstep pic.twitter.com/zHr4jmRaXG Chris Olive (@ChrisEOlive) May 13, 2015
There is no cloud... (via @Asher_Wolf) pic.twitter.com/RhyXgys8vx - J. Grenzfurthner (@johannes_mono) April 21, 2015
This sticker wins @stickermule ? pic.twitter.com/GhOOfJXwy7 -?Dorkfeast? (@DorkfeastTeam) December 23, 2015
If you buy a ThinkPad, you have to cover it in stickers, that's the law. @stickermule pic.twitter.com/oS52qGF5Nr - Fredrik (@ique) December 10, 2015
This came today....h/t to @Kym_Possible for leading me to them... cc: @stickermule pic.twitter.com/2JTaFivsaN - John Stauffacher (@g33kspeed) July 28, 2015
A little tongue-in-cheek humor on my work laptop, courtesy of @stickermule pic.twitter.com/MBXD1zZ1w0 - Sam Ferguson (@samuelferguson) June 28, 2015
Happy Saturday to me! My sweet new sticker from @stickermule arrived pic.twitter.com/FITjRdoX5M - Erin O'Brien (@erinogirl123) June 28, 2015
Another great sticker from @stickermule thanks Jen! #CIO #Cloud pic.twitter.com/WrktRssnFY - Ryan Fay (@ryancfay) June 26, 2015
Work laptop looking good with new stickers from @ejgreenberg pic.twitter.com/NVYSprZRP3 - ¯\_(?)_/¯ (@SeanTAllen) October 3, 2015
Eli Neiburger: there is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer #alaac15 pic.twitter.com/DfAUIrruOJ - janelofton (@jane_librarian) June 27, 2015
My new laptop sticker, courtesy of @lusis pic.twitter.com/d31RSYNHrm - Randall Degges (@rdegges) June 23, 2015
Cruise pup pic.twitter.com/iD2Rt3LbZ2 - Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) January 26, 2016
My new cool laptop stickers just arrived, @stickermule ???? pic.twitter.com/JhRwIbSpD3 - Amr Reda (@AmrReda) September 15, 2015