Photo sharing service Flickr accidentally deleted a user’s photos. Five years and 4,000 photos are gone and there’s no recovery, no backups. Read about it here:
If just the thought of this gives you a wave of nausea, there are solutions to the problem such as this one:
How about your Gmail account? Google Docs? I have 1,500 spreadsheets and 300 important documents plus miscellaneous stuff stored on Google Docs and can’t afford to lose them. What about all your posts on Facebook? A service like Backupify can give you a level of safety and control you don’t have now.