Many genealogists have letters sent by their great-grandparents. Maybe it is love letters exchanged between distant lovers or maybe great-grandfather’s letters home from the war. Whatever the content of the letters, these are amongst the most treasured possessions of many families. We learn much about the lives of our ancestors from these letters.
Will we leave similar legacies for our great-grandchildren? It is difficult to imagine that today’s email messages, tweets, and Facebook entries will be preserved and cherished by future generations. Yet that may happen.
According to an article by Matt Novak:
“We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into the future?