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Monday, December 19, 2005

Reminders on email

Well all of you reading this blog (not most of you) must have used the reminder facility offered by your mobiles. And above all you must have found it to be very useful tool to lessen the burden on your brain and free up more space. Here comes another tool , somewhat like "brain clean up".

Visit http://www.FutureMe.org and feel the experience like a man named Greg.
In the year 2009, on the 25th of April, Greg is supposed to get an e-mail. The e-mail will remind Greg that he is his best friend and worst enemy, that he once dated a woman named Michelle, and that he planned to major in computer science. And the e-mail was sent by none other than Greg himself — through FutureMe.org.

The site is one of a handful that let people send e-mails to themselves and others years in the future. They are technology's answer to time capsules, trading on people's sense of curiosity, accountability and nostalgia.

"Messages into the future is something that people have always sought to do," said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future. "In a way, it's a statement of optimism."

Matt Sly, 29, came up with the concept for FutureMe.org about four years ago. He was inspired one day after recalling how during his education he had been given assignments to write letters to himself.

Sly, who partnered with 31-year-old Jay Patrikios of San Francisco on the project, said the site has made maybe $58 through donations. He is adamant that FutureMe.org is not a reminder service and that users should think long-term (Do you guys feel the same way? I doubt!!!).

The site lets people send messages 30 years from now, though Sly's numbers show most users schedule their e-mails to be sent within three years.

He said a large number of the messages sent do one of two basic things: tell the future person what the past person was doing at the time, and ask the future person if he or she had met the aspirations of the past person.

Recently, Forbes.com jumped on the idea, offering an "e-mail time capsule" promotion. More than 140,000 letters were collected over about six weeks. Nearly 20 percent of the messages sent are supposed to land in the sender's inbox in 20 years; others requested shorter time frames. Forbes.com is partnering with Yahoo! and Codefix Consulting on the project.

Another type of future message service can be found at sites such as http://myLastEmail.com or http:// LastWishes.com , which promise to send messages to loved ones (or less-than-loved ones) after you die.

Now it is upto you guys to decide which service is best suited for you, though I am never going to choose the last two links atleast for some years now.

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