Yahoo! Timecapsule: What would you like to say to the future?

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timeYahoo! launched a new subpage called Timecapsule at Although not very popular in the Netherlands, a timecapsule can be put in the ground with some stuff you think are important to you at that time, you dig it up fifty years later and you can look back at all those memories.

Jonathan Harris, the man behind Yahoo! Timecapsule, thought this would be a great idea to try out on the web. And so we now have a digital timecapsule. Accessible to the whole world to put in their messages of Faith, Sorrow, Fun, Anger and lots more. In a personal note on the website, Harris states: “Yahoo! Time Capsule sets out to collect a portrait of the world – a single global image composed of millions of individual contributions. This time capsule is defined not by the few items a curator decides to include, but by the items submitted by every human on earth who wishes to participate.”

A few days after the start though, Michael Krumboltz from Yahoo! Timecapsule writes on the Encapsuled blog that the Anger category seemed to draw the most text submissions. Interesting stuff, because I think this Timecapsule is a reflection of a whole group of people (Yahoo! users). It’s even mass psychology maybe.

So what do we want others to think of us in 2020? Because that is when the Timecapsule will be opened, at Yahoo!’s 25th anniversary: “After 30 days, time capsule content will be saved onto a digital archive and sealed, to be opened at Yahoo! corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. on the company’s 25th anniversary in the year 2020. In addition, copies of this content will be presented to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings archives in Washington, DC to be preserved, studied and shared with future generations.”


Written by newmw

October 13, 2006 at 6:00 pm

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  1. […] (also posted on « Meaning of Commonism |   […]

  2. ‘Like everything Yahoo! does, it’s about you – our amazing users. We think there’s no one better suited to teach future generations what the world was like in 2006. For 30 days, from October 10 until November 8, Yahoo! users worldwide can contribute photos, writings, videos, audio – even drawings – to this electronic anthropology project.’ – all sounds good to me so far, however, how will they analyse the data collated and will this be relevant at all? The concept is goo though…


    October 15, 2006 at 7:14 pm

  3. Yea, I’m was doubting the same thing. But on the other hand, there is an artist behind the whole concept and his artist statement sounds sincere. Let’s wait and see what comes out of the box in 2020.


    October 16, 2006 at 12:06 pm

  4. Talking of which, I found this in the paper this morning: Bloggers’ chance to make history


    October 16, 2006 at 12:09 pm

  5. i’ve been trying to leave my own ‘little something’ on that website since it was launched, but i just can’t seem to get any of the pages to work.. =(

    i started a time capsule of sorts but only on a personal level.. we’re all part of history in the making and the thought overwhelms me sometimes..

    by the way, thanks for dropping by, i thought i was the only one reading myself haha


    October 17, 2006 at 3:42 am

  6. Yea, you’re right about history in the making and that it is overwhelming. It seems there are a lot of “recording everyday life” projects starting up.

    For example see Laurence Helene’s comment, or a post about the BBC and one of their projects on another blog (Masters of Media) I’m participating in: “More archiving of the archived Internet“. Quite some discussions going on over there too 🙂

    What will be recorded out of the massive internet information overload for the future?


    October 17, 2006 at 11:50 am

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