Friday, September 12, 2008

Footnote, A Social Network To Help Us Remember The Dead

Footnote, a place for dead people. Of course, the site isn’t going to be filled with the interactions of the waking dead. Instead, it’s meant as a social memory book, asking users to upload old photos, share stories, and fill in a timeline of their friend or family member’s life. You can also tie profiles to each other, detailing how each person knew other members. The site also offers a database of 43 million images, birth and death records, and newspapers, which users can search through to annotate each profile (there’s even a Facebook-esque tagging feature for photos). At launch the site features 80 million profiles automatically generated for the deceased using publicly available death records.

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