Lose Yourself

With apologies to Eminem, one of my favourite things, both at school or in the workplace, is when I lose myself in a project and all of a sudden, two or four or eight hours have passed.  Last time I looked at the clock, it was 3am and I was thinking that I should probably go to bed soon.  Now it's almost 7am and having worked on my final genealogy project for the last four hours, I figure I might as well wait up until Shea gets home from work in an hour. 

For our final assignment, we can do a presentation on any genealogical resource so I'm going to do something called: “Your Digital Footprint: Non-Traditional Genealogy Strategies on the Internet.”

I plan to talk about how our children (and grandchildren) might someday do genealogical research about all of us using intentional things like our blog posts and our posts to message boards as well as unintentional online traces like organization newsletters, workplace archives, University web sites and so on.  I'm also going to talk about things that are going to increasingly be a factor in recording your digital footprint – social networking sites, even better search engines, even better web sites that we can't even imagine, the invisible web becoming more visible and so on.

I'd post a draft of the Powerpoint but I have a couple fun, unique things I can do with this presentation that I want to keep secret.  (I'll try to remember to come back and post it after I present on November 22.) 

But given that limited summary of what I'm doing, if anybody has any thoughts or suggestions of non-genealogy web sites that might be good for this type of research, potential advantages or problems, what the future may hold and anything else related to the topic, I'd love if you posted a comment or e-mailed me

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I have no specific websites to suggest other than the obvious, myspace, livejournal, facebook, etc.
    What I will submit however, is that with something like myspace, you may run into the kids and grandkids having questions like, why did grandma seem so skanky, grandpa? 😛 People don't always consider the consequences of their own online 'digital' footprint and I think there are some myspace pages (among others) that are perfect examples of this.
    You might also think about online dating profiles as a kind of signature, again could be good, could be bad, or could be the way grandma & grandpa met.
    What your kid might take away from your digital signature, is that you clearly never slept. 😛

    Posted 10 Nov 2006 at 1:12 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Dating sites. Great idea I never thought of. We recently got the brand new online “personality profile” of someone we know from his ex-wife. Very revealing!
    And yeah, the skank factor. Some people call it the “President Problem” – kids today will have so much of their youthful indiscretions captured that it will be harder for anyone to be scandal free in the future (or the present – University administrators in the US are using Facebook photos as proof of underage drinking violations.)
    Have fun at your flick tonight!

    Posted 10 Nov 2006 at 8:10 pm
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