[SIZE=4][B][FONT=Arial]Could this be the cure for photo file clutter?[/FONT][/B][/SIZE]

It is just so easy to take photos now - and that's stating the obvious; a camera of some form is usually at one's fingertips and many cameras can now reel-off hundreds of shots in no time at ll. It seems such a lone time ago that we used to agonise over buying 24 or 36 exposure films! So if your PC's hard driver is groaning under the strain of image files - what about imposing a self-destruct time limit after which these files would vanish? It could make us all manage our photos more seriously.

A press release from Samsung today reveals that over a million photos are shot and shared online in the UK ever day. But that's only the tip of the iceberg as just under 1.9 billion photos in the UK are taken every month.

My situation is a good example - I have 100,000 photos archived in my Lightroom databases and I estimate that another 50,000 are waiting to be added.

I know that tens of thousands of the images I have stored are never going to be looked at again because they simply aren't good enough or interesting enough. But it's easier to lump them all together than to delete the ones I definitely want to keep. So I wondered if the new trend towards self-destructing photos in social media communications, like Snapchat (where photo messages get deleted after a few minutes, encouraging spicier messages) might be a useful way of forcing ourselves to be more prompt and decisive in sorting out our photos and getting rid of the ones we didn't really value. The remainder could then be de-fused and saved for posterity!

If you think this idea might have legs - how long would you set the fuse for?