It used to be we communicated in person or via written correspondence. Then telegrams joined the mix followed by telephones … nowadays, in addition to cell phones and face-to-face communication, we use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and numerous other social media platforms. It’s rare that hand-written pieces of correspondence are created anymore.
UpFront with NGS has a very interesting article about the need to archive social network communications – the 21st century alternatives to letters, journals and photo albums.
While their focus on what societies can do to capture this information, individuals already have the ability to capture and archive their social interactions with mobile apps like Momento. Right now Momento is only available for iPhone but an iPad app is promised soon as are links to additional social platforms.
Photo courtesy of Jason Howie via Flickr.