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How do you tend to your digital selves?

How do you tend to your digital selves? Do you create archives for your blogs/journals/social-media-interactions? How meticulously do you organize your pictures? How protectful are you of your backups? Have you thought about where it'd all end up after you've died?

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    knocklessmonster
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    I treat it like life, but my memories are the documentation I leave behind, rather than any conscious effort to photograph and document my existence. Sometimes a house fire takes some photos away,...

    I treat it like life, but my memories are the documentation I leave behind, rather than any conscious effort to photograph and document my existence. Sometimes a house fire takes some photos away, like a forum closes or I lose an old but unimportant email archive, but that's just how it goes. Anything worth remembering is locked in the brain, much like real life.

    When I die, my data will be a trail of breadcrumbs that leads to a dead account.

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    1. mrbig
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      Years ago I saw a documentary about India. The filmmaker was shooting a kind of ritual in which colorful paper boats full of offerings were sent down the river. Eventually they all sank. An Indian...

      Years ago I saw a documentary about India. The filmmaker was shooting a kind of ritual in which colorful paper boats full of offerings were sent down the river. Eventually they all sank. An Indian man approached her and said: "why are you filming this? When it sinks, it becomes eternal".

      Or something like that.

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  2. Gaywallet
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    Most of it has absolutely zero organization. I used to organize memes through a browser extension that allowed me to tag and sort/search. Documents and things that are important in real life or...

    Most of it has absolutely zero organization. I used to organize memes through a browser extension that allowed me to tag and sort/search.

    Documents and things that are important in real life or have financial value are sorted into folders much like any real paperwork would be. Backups for this are usually on multiple hard drives and multiple upload places such as dropbox and google drive and sometimes physical USB sticks. I also regularly use an app called camscanner to scan all sorts of documents and I haven't deleted anything from there yet so that's another place of storage.

    I don't plan on dying anytime soon and most of it has no value, so there's little incentive to think about what'll happen after I die, especially since I do not plan on having kids.

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  3. h0p3
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    Here is what I do: https://philosopher.life/ - One HMTL file (a tiddlywiki), keep a copy if you want. It's self-documented too.

    Here is what I do: https://philosopher.life/ - One HMTL file (a tiddlywiki), keep a copy if you want. It's self-documented too.

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  4. Pistos
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    I guess I don't consider myself much of a big deal, haha. Most anything that I want to be public, I have already made public in multiplicity on the Internet. Anything I want to be private either...

    I guess I don't consider myself much of a big deal, haha. Most anything that I want to be public, I have already made public in multiplicity on the Internet. Anything I want to be private either is off the cloud, or not digitized at all to begin with. Philosophically, I think it's more important to focus on the here-and-now, on the people that I've already met, and my relationships with them, rather than on hypothetical people that might want to know more about me in the future.

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  5. PhantomBand
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    I don't actually think about that, but I hope my data isn't too public. Well, I'm kinda paradoxical in that regard, I want to keep my privacy protected as much as possible so I'd like for as...

    I don't actually think about that, but I hope my data isn't too public. Well, I'm kinda paradoxical in that regard, I want to keep my privacy protected as much as possible so I'd like for as little data of me to be out there as I can manage, but simultaneously I tend to spill the beans pretty easily in conversation or if it's required for something.

    But I don't really backup anything.

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  6. Kuromantis
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    Not sure what that means. No. If it's in the PMs section, there will only be a handful of things beside it so it's always there, accessible to me. If it isn't a PM interaction, I can either look...

    How do you tend to your digital selves?

    Not sure what that means.

    Do you create archives for your blogs/journals/social-media-interactions?

    No. If it's in the PMs section, there will only be a handful of things beside it so it's always there, accessible to me. If it isn't a PM interaction, I can either look it up using the comment search and other self-searching methods Tildes has, and I only find interactions like that worth saving if I feel it will be useful advice someday.

    How meticulously do you organize your pictures?

    Sometimes I'll use my current phone's functionality of having albums inside albums of pictures for things I need to take care of regularly, but otherwise no.

    How protectful are you of your backups?

    I don't use backups for most things. I have a password manager and that's about it.

    Have you thought about where it'd all end up after you've died?

    No. Hopefully, it will all still be there. I would hopefully make a post about being close to death so anyone who stumbled into my account would know but obviously this doesn't apply to all types of death.