Yahoo! Time Capsule
October 12th, 2006

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Continuing Yahoo’s strategy of social centered offerings like Flickr, Delicious/MyWeb, Yahoo Answers, Jonathan Harris (of wefeelfine, justcurious, phylotaxis, etc.) has launched Yahoo! Time Capsule.

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. This is the first time that digital data will be gathered and preserved for historical purposes. In addition to submitting your own content, you can view, read, or hear the images, words, and sounds contributed by users from around the world. You can also comment on the content you and others have submitted – and engage in a digital conversation that is just as revealing and important as any of the content you’ll witness. And by November 8, you will have helped create a digital legacy of our times, a mosaic of revealing snapshots that will be sealed and entrusted to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings based in Washington D.C., officially taking its place in history.

I’m not sure how they can claim that this is the first time digital data has been gathered for historical purposes (!!) but I think Yahoo is pretty effective at making or buying things that encourage people to interact in novel ways.

(thanks Luke Biewald)


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