The next census to take place in Ireland will be on April 3rd. On the last page they’ve added a blank space for people to add a hand written “time capsule” that will be revealed in 100 years time when census data is made public. There’s a thread on Reddit asking “what would you write there?” which got me thinking.
What I would love to do is create an online time capsule that future generations could find using hand written clues in that census form.
Much as I’d like to think that donncha.wordpress.com will still be around in 100 years time it’s highly likely that we won’t be using the same method of addressing content online that we are now. Will the wordpress.com website even be around in 2122? Will “https://” mean anything to someone looking over old census forms in 100 years time?
The obvious choice is archive.org. It’s well funded right now and has a very good reputation for preserving sites. It even has my old Geocities website from the late 90s!
Could I tell a future relative to look up “odd.blog” on the website “archive.org” and will it mean anything to them?
I suspect it’s none of the above. Only the most basic information will be useful to future generations.
- Prices of goods such as bread, milk, fuel.
- Our worries such as Covid 19 and the war in Ukraine.
- Where I work or the shops I frequent.
- Nice places to visit at the weekend. I guess Blarney Castle will still be here in 100 years time.
Apart from this census, we should all print out a selection of the family photos we have on our phones and computers, add the date and names on the back in good ball point pen and put them in a photo album. In 100 years time that may be all that survives of your vast digital footprint.