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Echoes of your online life.

How long will the echo of your life continue to resonate around virtual space once you are gone?

Performing a Google search on your real name and various user names that you may have adopted for numerous social sites and forums can turn up a lot of your online history. For example, if I perform a search on my real name, one of the results will be the very first web page that introduced me to the online world. This page is more than 10 years old and clearly no longer supported by its author but still it persists.

Other things that will turn up are game levels that I made in my former life as a Dark Forces Game Guru as well as echoes of my more recent stint on my local council. Two things which I have no involvement with in my present life as a wanna be internet celebrity.

Currently my videos are bouncing all around the internet. More than seventy of them and still counting. In these days of social networking and content sharing, who knows how far and wide my videos have spread. I can barely keep track of the places I've uploaded them myself.

How long will my videos continue to bounce around in cyberspace after I'm gone? How long will my echo be? If we physically can't be immortal, what about in cyberspace? Will our echo keep resonating years after we're gone?

I hate to finish with a cliche but...

Only time will tell.

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  1. I just had a look at that page, and it looks good - almost like a certificate! I wouldn't mind it printed out, which I suppose I could.

    I'd forgotten about that duck and that computer head, which would twissle around, looked really good! Didn't you have a comic strip about that duck? You should do something with it on your site, and re-introduce the computer head somehow, just for a novelty! Shame to waste both of them!

    When I've put my name into Google ages ago as suggested once, it brings you lots of people who have the same name. I maybe didn't have my name spread about so much then though - must give it a try.

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  2. I was developing an animated cartoon using the duck - hence, that is how the animation came about. Got side tracked by art school though.

    The computer head my pop up in a video in the future some time I'm sure. Makes a good logo or something like that for the beginning or end of a video.

    With names and Google, sometimes using a user name that you've used for many years across different forums can turn up interesting pieces of history.

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