As I become more mature (old) I find that I spend more time thinking about my legacy. What will I leave behind when I finally kick the bucket? Since it seems that the internet never forgets, I will be leaving behind billions of bytes of information.
Some people feel this is an invasion of privacy, however, I have been known to see the glass half full, so I naturally see this as an opportunity. This is really incredible if you think about it for a moment. In the past the only way for a person to leave behind a written record of their activities is to write things down, in a journal for instance. However, there is only one copy. Only a privileged and talented few actually publish multiple copies of written proof that they were here. They are called published authors. But with the internet, anyone with access to a computer can leave behind a legacy in megabytes. And all these megabytes never seem to go away. According to Google I have so far used 2007 Megabytes. This blog probably uses at least that due to all the photos. That is a lot of information.
I wonder if in the future it would be possible for someone to inherit all those bytes. How would you like it if your heirs were given a flash drive containing everything you ever posted on the internet, emails, photos, everything? Would it reflect well on your life, or would you look foolish and immature?
I think this is a good thing to reflect upon before posting something on the internet.
I think this is especially important to people on Facebook and Twitter to ponder.
What do you think? Are you proud of your megabytes?