The idea of preserving social media after our deaths seems creepy to me. But then I do
“You can imagine what something like this will look like 5, 10, 20 years from now as our technical capabilities improve.” It seems like a ENORMOUS claim that a social media company will last 20 years. Today’s top social media companies were founded in…
- Facebook: February 2004 (7 years old),
- Twitter: March 2006 (5 years old),
- LinkedIn: May 2003 (8 years old),
- Myspace: August 2003 (8 years old),
- Ning: October 2005 (6 years old)
The odds of any particular social network existing after a sophomore in high school student today graduates from college is low (chosen because that is about when COPPA starts). This is a fickle market space where users literally vote with their attention. Google is working on their third social network in 6 years. Why would we trust these sites when they seem likely doomed to have limited lifespan? But maybe it is only important to immortalize someone for only a few years?
Introduction from TED site:
Many of us have a social media presence — a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you’ve died? Could it … live on?
Link to Adam Ostrow: After your final status update if embedded video below breaks.