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Don’t Buy a Yearbook – Preserve High School Online

Yahoo News’ “Web generation preserves memories online” is a peek at the future of online memories.

John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook. Instead, he’s turning to the Internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year.

The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos, as do many of his classmates. They’re able to exchange virtual notes, vote for the most likely to succeed and take part in other yearbook traditions…But skeptics wonder if the free Web site can ever truly replace the traditional printed chronicle of high-school memories — even for the generation that’s grown up with the Internet.

“Students continue to say they prefer print yearbooks for obvious reasons,” said Rich Stoebe, director of communications for Jostens Inc., which sells yearbooks, class rings and other scholastic memorabilia.

After all, will anyone want to haul a laptop to the 25th class reunion? And what happens if the technology changes, or something happens to the dot-com?

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  1. Posted July 3, 2006 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    As much of a technology geek as I am and as much as I love being able to archive information on the ‘Net, I still believe that you can’t beat the actual feel and atmosphere of the printed page. I’ve always struggled when trying to read a book on my computer. It’s always harder and more awkward than simply having the ability to flip a page. This online yearbook idea is a nice one, I suppose, but I tend to think it will be only just so versatile.

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    Posted May 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    In 50 years, John will be sad that his digital photos may have deteriorated, been lost, crashed, and otherwise not be as easy to open/browse.

    There is a need for both paper and digital. Buy a yearbook and look at it when you’re 80– give it to your kids to browse through on paper. Supplement the yearbook with digital photos, videos, etc. That way, despite hard drive crashes, digital file errors, home floods, etc., you will still have some of your memories alive, whether in paper or digital.

    Nothing can replace flipping through your grandparents 70+ year old high school yearbooks and ancient photos.

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