I spoke to someone who creates personal histories (life stories) who told me that she disagrees with placing personal material on the internet.
I asked about the Facebook revolution. “If the staggering growth of Facebook isn’t instructive, then I don’t know what is,” I replied.
There are over 800 million people on Facebook and the numbers of older people participating is skyrocketing. We want to share our lives with family, friends and others.
But Facebook could be a fleeting memory in the internet age. There are a multitude of websites that were the Facebook’s of their time yet faded into obscurity. They died; they went away.
The only way to guarantee your legacy is your own website; something you control, something that’s uniquely yours.
Your life story, done in a way that brings you pride and happiness, remains forever out of the control of Facebook or any other story-sharing service.
If you want control, if you want your legacy, you want your own website.
The internet is fast becoming the source for all our information needs. Want more on the power of the internet? See below from Pew.
The Internet has a strong hold in the local community as well. Web-only outlets are now the key source of information on some key subjects such as education or local business and restaurants. And greater disruption seems to lie ahead. For the 79% of Americans who are online, as well as Americans ages 18-39, the internet ranks as a top source of information for most of the local subjects studied in the survey.
These are among the findings of a new a new study produced by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Internet & American Life Project in partnership with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The survey looks in a new and detailed way at how people learn about community by breaking down local information into 16 key topic areas. The result is a more nuanced understanding of the role each media plays in a community. Read more…