On this day following the election of the first African-American President, it somehow seemed appropriate to discuss a couple of interesting online ways that you can preserve some of your thoughts and content for release many years from now.
The first and most interesting is something called Keo. This is a project to send a container into space for 50,000 years with vast amounts of data are etched onto glass disks. Now, the cool thing about this project is that you can include up to 4 pages of content to be sent up. They have a very interesting FAQ on how this will actually work. Right now the deadline to have your content included is December 31, 2009, so you have a little bit of time to get your content uploaded on to the site.
Some people might argue that an election be a minor point to consider 50,000 years from now, but I think it might be interesting to see the transfer of governmental power was done.
For something with a bit shorter time frame to be aware of is an internet time capsule that was done by Yahoo that is set to be open in 2025. It is already closed, so more data can be added to it, but if you added to it originally and forgot about it (like I did), you can see the countdown running down.
Even shorter than that is a service offered by PhotoJojo called aptly Time Capsule. While I have not used it myself, it says that they will send you two pictures from your Flickr account to your e-mail that you have taken over a year ago. If you have a large collection of pictures that you don’t get to look at often, this is a good way to remember some of the great (or not so great shots) that you have taken. Flickr, but the way, it is a highly regarded photo hosting service where you can keep an impressive number of pictures online for free, and even more for a fee. They have a number of good features that may be worth checking out for you.
If you have any ideas for other ways to preserve your historic thoughts, let me know in the comments.