A few years ago I received a strong warning about the fragility of my digital personality: I fainted in a half marathon finish. I did not see the light at the end of the tunnel and my heart attack hasn’t been confirmed in the end. However later, in the ambulance, I realized with horror that my digital memory spread out somewhere in the Internet clouds would become inaccessible to my family and friends and it would also start slowly disappearing from my head with the creeping Alzheimer. The thought of the digital void made me act in 3 areas.
I started writing the information about my life into a simple Google sheet containing dates, texts, photos and links. I refreshed my programming skills, almost forgotten by 25 years working as an IT manager, and wrote the application timeline4.life for sharing and viewing the Google sheet data on the Web, Mobile and Desktop and converting them into various other Web applications.
I created the last will that contains instructions for my descendants how to access my digital accounts. I am using a password manager application that gives access to the trusted family person after my 48 hours of inactivity.
My digital memory
- emails (Gmail, MS exchange)
- chats (Skype, Whatsapp, Telegram)
- photo albums Google photos, Flickr)
- holiday records (Travelpod)
- documents (Google cloud)
- notes (Evernote)
- social media (Facebook, LinkedIn)
- bank accounts
- subscriptions (news, courses)