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?