The internet has so much influence on our lives today its unbelievable. So much so that a message or video can go viral in a matter of seconds.
Pete Frates 29, the former Boston College baseball is the reason there is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all around the world today.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
After being diagnosed Pete decided to make a difference by spreading the awareness of ALS. His main goal was to draw more attention and more action to the disease. As the disease progressed he lost his ability to speak. His friends and family decided to support him with the power of social media and thats how the Ice bucket challenge begun.
It started with family and friends and soon went viral when celebrities, organisations, societies and individuals started doing it.
How Does This Work?
Simple. After someone did the ice bucket challenge, they would nominate someone else. The person nominated had two options. either donate to the ALS foundation or do the challenge and nominate someone else after.
Its funny how some people are just doing the ice bucket challenge without even knowing what its about. They do it without donating to the cause. Some people just think its a viral act that started from nowhere and are following a trend which is a shame.
According to the ALS Association, in the two-week span — July 29 to Aug. 14 — after the Ice Bucket Challenge began, almost 146,000 new donors have come on board. During that time frame, $7.6 million was donated to the ALS Association’s various chapters, compared with $1.4 million during the same period in 2013. Read more.
Talking about causes did you know there is a Rice bucket challenge in India?
Bet you didnt.
In India n 100 million people lack access to clean drinking water so there wouldn’t be a point in throwing water they don’t have so Manju Kalanidhi, a 38-year-old journalist from Hyderabad who reports on the global rice market, decided to create her own challenge when she heard about the icebucket challenge. Instead of pouring iced water she poured rice!
Ok thats a lie, instead of pouring ice water, they donate a bucket of rice to help the hungry. You scoop a bowl of rice and give it to the closest needy person around you.
Great isn’t it. Lets see if it goes viral after all it is a good cause.
Have a great weekend and stay tuned because PlannedDeparture has something great in store for you.
Everyone has money but not every one is rich! That’s an interesting fact aside my fun facts. But it gets more interesting. In life it often happens that the way we live, the respect we are given or the value of our worth is often related to money. Oh Money!
2. The world’s first paper money was created in china. 1400 years ago. Read more
3.Spending money on Experiences instead of Possessions results in more Satisfaction according to studies. Read more
4.The first credit card was invented in 1949 by Frank X McNamara. He was head of the Hamilton Credit Corporation and went out to eat with a friend. After the meal he realised he forgot his wallet and didn’t have any money to pay. Read more –Image source
5. Bob Marley’s final words were “Money can’t buy life. Read more
Told you these where some interesting facts. Number 1 is inspiring isn’t it. The lesson is: the best ideas as we know come in the least expected places.
Have a great day 🙂
Who/What is KillerStartups?
KillerStartups is an online publication and entrepreneur community.
They believe Internet Entrepreneurs are stars and aim to be a valuable destination for startup founders, website owners, and other internet entrepreneurs by empowering them to grow their online businesses through the information, tools, and training they offer.
Why PlannedDeparture is talking about KillerStartups…
A few days ago PlannedDeparture was interviewed on KillerStartups.
It was a good opportunity to explain in depth what PlannedDeparture is all about.
How we started. Why we started. What we hope to achieve and what we have to offer.
KillerStartups help startup companies by providing a platform for us to explain what we do.
“Our digital footprint is growing and becoming important every day. Our digital life has real financial and emotional value associated with it. However, there is no clear and straightforward way to transfer aspects of digital life to the right people after we pass away.”
Read more on KillerStarups.
There is a place for everything and everything should have a place. Day in and day out we use the Internet and create a digital footprint with every click. This footprint gets so large over time that it becomes difficult to remember various accounts and digital assets we have. Sometimes, we end up loosing important accounts and assets stored in them as we forget about their existence.
Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to organise our digital assets and get organised in general.
1.Make your device faster
When you keep your digital assets in a separate storage space, you get more space on your gadgets, computers, laptops etc. Products like DropBox, Google Drive etc. have become common place and accessible from all the devices. These products allow you to delete, save, store and manage your digital assets such as music, e-books, pictures and apps from anywhere. These products can help you create more space on your device and that might make your device faster.
2.Reduce Clutter – Know what you have
These days, it is difficult to keep track of all the accounts we have. Our online identity and digital assets are spread everywhere. With a product like Planned Departure, you can create a stock of your digital life. This allows you to reduce clutter by deactivating or deleting accounts you no longer use. Reduced clutter will make you more productive by giving you more time for things you love.
3. Be in control
When you take a stock of your digital life, you get control of your digital life. You control what emails you get and how many of them you get. You delete the accounts you no longer use and find accounts which are invaluable for you. Product like Planned Departure makes it easy for you to spot accounts which are important for you. It also helps you in creating succession plan for those online accounts.
4. Never loose a thing again
If you have ever lost any important document, you would know the importance of keeping them safe. Your passport, driving license, visa, resident permit and other important documents should be kept safe. These documents should be accessible all the time, from anywhere. These important documents should be stored in digital format on a platform like Planned Departure. This will keep your important documents safe from accidents, theft and fire. This will make these documents safe and accessible all the time.
Planned Departure can serve as an organisation tool for all your digital assets. With Planned Departure, you can store everything in safe-n-secure cloud based storage. It allows you to save everything – from images to property deeds, bank accounts. .
So what are you waiting for? Get a stock of your digital life and sign-up for our free trial today.
NOT long before my wife died, she asked me to do something for her. “Make sure people remember me,” she said. “Not the way I am now. The way I was.” Having spent most of her life as an assertive, ambitious and beautiful woman, Kathryn didn’t want people’s memories to be dominated by her final year, in which the ravages of disease and continual chemotherapy had taken her spirit, vitality and looks.
To me, the internet seemed to offer an obvious way to fulfil Kathryn’s wish – certainly more so than a dramatic headstone or funerary monument. So I built a memorial website to celebrate her life through carefully selected pictures and text. The decision was unorthodox at the time, and I suspect that some in our circle thought it tasteless.
Six years on, things are very different. As the internet’s population has grown and got older, memorial pages and tribute sites have become commonplace. But when you and I shuffle off this mortal coil, formal remembrances won’t be the only way we are remembered. I manage myriad websites and blogs, both personal and professional, as well as profiles on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and more. All of those will be left behind, and many other people will leave a similar legacy.
We are creating digital legacies for ourselves every day – even, increasingly, every minute. More than a quarter of a million Facebook users will die this year alone. The information about ourselves that we record online is the sum of our relationships, interests and beliefs. It’s who we are. Hans-Peter Brondmo, head of social software and services at Nokia in San Francisco, calls this collection of data our “digital soul”.
Thanks to cheap storage and easy copying, our digital souls have the potential to be truly immortal. But do we really want everything we’ve done online – offhand comments, camera-phone snaps or embarrassing surfing habits – to be preserved for posterity? One school of thought, the “preservationists”, believes we owe it to our descendants. Another, the “deletionists”, think it’s vital the internet learns how to forget. These two groups are headed for a struggle over the future of the internet – and the fate of your digital soul is hanging in the balance.
As the internet has become seamlessly integrated with all our experiences, more and more of our everyday life is being documented online. Last year, two-thirds of all Americans stored personal data on a distant server in the cloud, while nearly half were active on social networks.
Today, that data is hoarded by internet companies. Google and Facebook are dedicated to storing as much of your data as possible for as long as possible. Even your “digital exhaust”, such as search requests and browsing history, is often recorded by companies who want to target you with personalised advertising.
All this data will prove fascinating to sociologists, archaeologists and anthropologists studying the dawn of the digital age. For them, everyday life can be just as interesting as epoch-defining moments. Whereas researchers have hitherto had to rely on whatever physical documents happen to survive, our vast digital legacies mean their successors could be spoiled for choice.
Nothing is definite, though: it’s far from certain that this information will endure. “Digital records are more like an oral tradition than traditional documents,” says Marc Weber of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. “If you don’t copy them regularly, they simply disappear.” He is concerned that we are not doing enough. “If we’re not careful, our period could end up as a bit of a Dark Age. Everyone is putting material into digital formats, but not putting much effort into preserving it.”
About the Author
My name is Sumit Paul-Choudhury. I write for a living, specialising in science and technology, risk management, banking and insurance. I’ve previously held senior positions at Risk Magazine, ERisk and Risk Communications. I’m currently the editor of New Scientist and editor-in-chief of Arc.
Digital assets have been around for a long time, but it’s good to know that digital legacy is becoming mainstream as well.
Big organisations like Google and Yahoo have realised the need to talk about digital legacy. Yahoo came up with Yahoo ending and Google launched Google Inactivity Account Manager to handle digital legacy of users on their platform. Even Law society urged people to leave clear instructions on what happens to their digital legacy.
We, at Planned Departure firmly believe that digital legacy is part of our assets and it should be protected. It’s good to see that media is realising importance of digital legacy and playing it’s part in raising awareness. Recently, Planned Departure was featured on ‘The Economic Times’ and they highlighted the importance of thinking about digital legacy and importance of products like Planned Departure.
I would recommend you to read this news story and see how important this issue is. They have highlighted the issue of a young Google/Gmail user who had his parents spend months trying to retrieve his about-to-be-published book, after he died. Also a bitcoin miner with currency worth over Rs 5 lakh is wondering how to manage inheritance after he’s dead.
We realised importance of digital legacy a while back and launched Planned Departure to address this growing problem.
“Planned Departure, a UK-based startup helping users manage their digital remains, is seeing increased activity on the ground. The biggest challenge is that many users tend to think of traditional legal heirs while planning digital afterlife. “Our digital assets are so complex that transferring it to legal heirs is not a right way to solve it,” said Komal Joshi, cofounder of Planned Departure.”
We are working hard to ensure that digital legacy becomes mainstream. We are innovating constantly to ensure that it becomes easier for you to manage your digital life and create digital legacy. Please sign-up today and start protecting your digital legacy.