Thursday, October 12, 2006

Yahoo Time Capsule

An interactive moving orb made up of images and categories greets you on the home page. Move your mouse over any of the images or categories (which change dynamically) and explore the images, photos, poetry, stories, etc...that people have uploaded.

Yahoo Time Capsule is encouraging people from around the globe to contribute personal photos, stories, thoughts, ideas, poems, home movies -- a snapshot of every day life, in other words -- to its site. The point, as with all time capsules, is to illustrate life in 2006.

Submissions can be made on such topics as love, anger, fun, sorrow, faith, beauty, past, now, hope and "you." Yahoo will then weave the contributed multimedia content into a single piece of digital art online. At the end of the project, the content will be saved in a digital archive and sealed, to be opened at Yahoo corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., on the company's 25th anniversary in 2020. It will also provide copies of the content to the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings archives in Washington, D.C.

The contribution page has all of the statistics of the capsule: contributions made by country, male vs female and age.

What are your impressions of 2006? What a great adaptation of a time capsule in a bottle. Great idea for a school website or school digital magazine.

Don't forget to get signed parental/guardian permission forms if you are having students post to this site.