• Mallory Garber

Why Time Capsules are the Best Method for Preserving your Legacy | NotForgotten

There are so many different methods of preserving our legacy, most of them flawed. So how are we to pick the right one? Read this blog to ensure you are choosing the safest way to keep your memory alive.

I don’t think a day has gone by in the last 7 years where I have not taken a photo. It could be literally anything and I will feel the need to take a picture of it. Receipts, order confirmations, a sunny day, outfits, a good hair day all fit the criteria. Walking around with a mobile device that takes photos has given us the power to pretty much save whatever we want. If there is anything I have learned in my 21 years of life it is that people have to see it to believe it. Proof is the one thing on our side, and cameras give us that. That being said, there is a point where one may have too much proof.

Sometimes I look at my phone and think, “do I really need all this?” Followed by my phone answering for me and crashing. Take a look at your phone, how many useless photos and videos do you have sitting there…then again, how many valuable ones? Are they safe there? Our whole lives are built inside of these small devices with only so much storage. Every so often when I forget to back up my phone and it breaks I mourn the loss of years worth of memories.

Then there is social media. I think about my Instagram that has been around since the early stages of middle school all the way until now. My followers have watched me grow from my cringe worthy braces and awkward posing phase to my fun, college self. Over the years I picked up on the trends of posting, crafting the ideal profile for myself. If you think about it, social media is just another platform made to capture our favorite memories…and favorite outfits. When you take a look at someone’s profile you aren’t going to see the bad times. People post the happiest best looking version of themselves, a representation of how they want to be perceived by the world — lets call her Optimistic Me.

So what about when I die? Is Optimistic Me going to be killed off? Some social media companies will memorialize your page or channel, but it usually involves a vast amount of administration and there is a huge legal minefield around who owns social accounts and their content. Essentially there is no real certainty that “your” account is necessarily “yours” to pass on.

And what happens when Instagram is not popular anymore? Is my identity thrown away? Is my youth no longer preserved? I know I’m asking difficult questions, but they ultimately all lead to the same answer; yes.

Look at Facebook for example. New platforms are always around the corner. If there is one trend that can be counted on, it is that all trends come and go. For a while, Facebook was considered revolutionary….now? Not so much. Every generation is going to have a new social media preference. The difference between the demographic of Facebook and Instagram is already extremely noticeable. Where I used to post albums to Facebook, I now revert to the use of Instagram when I want to share something. So what comes next?

It feels as though whatever app we use we believe it’s going to last forever, only to see another app with the exact same concept and a different name take its place a few years later, usually followed by the sharp and sudden death of the first platform.

Before digital, things were more simple….most people stored their memories physically in the form of paper photos and preservation belonged to the next person in the chain who was given the photo to preserve. But