I was intrigued to read about a new “social legacy network” called MyHeartWill.com which enables you to create, share and store digital memories in a “safe, private and secure environment that will live on for generations to come”.
“By using the internet as a storage space for these memories, they can never be lost or damaged.”
No form of archiving is completely safe but I do wonder how permanent anything stored online or even something digital can be? Is it truly more permanent than in printed form? How do I know if this service will be around in 100 years? Will Facebook? Will Twitter? How many floppy disks or computers are out there with data that can’t (easily) be read?
My other main concern with these types of sites (and more are popping up all the time) is that it is yet another regular discipline that we need to add to our already busy lives.
“People have a genuine desire to capture their lives. Other on-line platforms already exist that serve part of this function, but they’re frenzied, they’re fast, extremely public and by nature, pretty superficial. Here is a conscience-driven, thoughtful, evocative web-based tool that takes social marketing to a much deeper level.”
Maybe. You can already set up your Facebook, Twitter, blogs to be completely private if you so wish. There’s plenty of people blogging at a deep level about their lives so I wonder what this new tool offers that, say, opening a free account on WordPress.com doesn’t:
- MyHeartWill costs $199US for 10 years and 2GB of storage for text, photos, videos and audio
- WordPress is free and gives you 3GB of storage for text, photos, videos and audio and it can be as private as you want it to be
Those behind the site says that Facebook, Twitter and blogs etc are lacking when it comes to sharing the stories and content that comprise a person’s life, that they’re too hurried. In some sense I agree – most of the updates we do in Twitter or Facebook are very quick but those writing personal blogs or writing long notes on Facebook about events in their lives would likely disagree. The problem is that we don’t write long accounts of the stories and memories that we want to because we just don’t have time, not because we don’t have the tools available to us.
The issue is how to permanently store the things we’re already writing, sharing, talking about – and of course with the option of appending other content with it. Maybe the deeper stories will sometimes need to be added to fill in the gaps, but the day-to-day observations and comments really give you a thorough insight into someone’s life.
While writing this, I think of the blog Kyah’s Journey – one which documented the life of a beautiful little girl’s brave fight with cancer. The in-depth, personal and deeply moving blog is currently being converted into a book.
A truly ground-breaking tool is not another site to store our content but one which meaningfully combines our already-existing digital trails for future generations to enjoy.