One of my favorite things about walking through historic downtowns is the idea of walking in the footsteps of great generations past. A period in time I’ve always been fascinated with is the 1920s. Social rebellion, a blossoming government and a great grandmother that weathered it all.
As my grandmother has recently passed and her belongings are still finding new owners, I began to wonder. In a day in age where technology is king, what will our digital footprint mean for future generations?
Facebook accounts are like digital diaries; a little piece of ourselves we offer up to the world. You’re hungry, you’re sleepy, in traffic, links to youtube… it all goes on facebook, chronicling your life. Our children will be able to look through the string of nonsense one day and get a glimpse of who we are and our own journey long before they knew us.
While my great grandmother never had a facebook account, my grandparents do. And even though it’s digital property that technically belongs to facebook, it provides us a way to preserve our legacy. Will user names and passwords one day be willed out to hires? I say yes. I think what we say and do in the digital world will one day be what’s left for the future to remember us by.