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There's this meme going around in some groups I'm in for moms who just had babies. It says to get your baby an email address, and send her little notes every few months. Then when she's 18, give her the password.

All the moms in my groups post the collective "awwwe!!!!" reply to the idea, I'm the nerd who can't get along who says "we'll still be using EMAIL in 18 years?"

So that would mean Olive would get to read all these little notes from me in the year 2031. Think about that.

Granted, email has made it 18 years. If your baby was born in 1996, you might giving her a password to... something, I don't know what. That was Hotmail's first year so unless you were a VERY early adopter, you probably had an email through your ISP. Maybe some old fogie nerd reading this can help me understand what was around back in the day.

Maybe I just hope email won't last another 18 years though... because it sucks. I swear 99.9% of it has to be spam. One asshole running alone can fill up your inbox with giant attachments galore. Gmail tried to prioritize it, but now I'm missing stuff because it "misses" some things that are really important. dammit. passwords get lost, passwords get hacked. abandoned accounts get purged. or forgotten about entirely.

So I think I'm going to stick with my plan for saved communications - once a year I use ljbook to download my livejournal to a PDF, then I print it with lulu. Not perfect. If we have a house fire it'll all be gone. But at least livejournal is still around, I've been here over ten years. Maybe that's what 2031 will be like... just me, the last American on livejournal.

If anyone here can predict the future and tell me a way to send my child notes that's more reliable than paper, I'm all ears. Until then I'll just see if this gets to her:

Dear precious baby Olive: You're 18! Go play the lottery and buy some porn, you adult you! Then get back to class and keep working on those scholarships, what do you think I am made of money?

Love, Mommy in 2014



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Feb. 20th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
My first email address was dad's_name@isp.com.au - so basically a 'family' address, even if I was really the only one who used it frequently.

I then got my first free one - myfirstname@angelfire.com I liked it because I could just have my firstname, it was free, short, mine alone and angelfire was a bit different. No one else I knew had it. Once everyone started getting hotmail accounts, I felt special for being different. And so I then moved on to yahoo, once angelfire shut, and I've never really had a hotmail account. I've had various hotmail accounts for various things, but definitely never a main hotmail account.

So if I'd had a baby all those years ago, I'd have been a little frantic when angelfire shut down, trying to transfer all those messages to the kid to another email account.

I saw the same idea and thought exactly the same things as you!

Edited at 2014-02-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
LOL get back to work, kid!

My husband writes letters in word to her a LOT. Like, I don't know how many GB he's probably used by now. If things suddenly stop being compatible (you know they will) then we'll have to convert everything. But, hopefully there will be enough overlap that we can do that...

Sometimes I think I should write letters to her, things I want to say. Things about feminism, about being a girl, things I want to say to her. Things I hope to actually say to her. But what if I don't get the chance?
Feb. 20th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
Bah. I figure that's what blogging is for. He can read my posts when he finds them on his own.

Plus, I got to pick my own email handle(s) that I've had through the years. I think that it'd be unfair to pick one for my child now. Who knows what he'll want to call himself online when he's older.
Feb. 20th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
When I saw that meme, I thought, "Email will likely be obsolete by then."

Then could you imagine trying to read 18 years of emails? Holy shit. No thanks.
Feb. 21st, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
1. I thought the same thing about email being replaced by then when I saw the meme, sweet idea, lacking in forward thinking

2. I write to Evangeline in a little notebook

3. I'll be on LJ right there with you, I've had mine for 13.5 years and I still check every day.

4. I am not usually one for unsolicited advice giving on the internet, but I recommend having a decent sized fire safe for things like your lj books, photo albums, and important documents. I know most people have a small one, but my pictures are so important to me that I keep a bunch of memory cards and stuff in mine.
Feb. 21st, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
My email address is still the same one I set up in 1998 when I was 17. About half the time it still has its original (low security) password.
(And my username has worked out well: after 16 years, I have never gone to register for anything and found "jackiechloe" taken. Well, except by myself, when I've forgotten a login.)
Feb. 21st, 2014 07:04 am (UTC)
Maybe some old fogie nerd reading this can help me understand

I had the horrible realization reading this post that at the ripe old age of not-quite-32, I'm one of those old fogie nerds you're referring to. We got internet access in 1996/1997, and our email was through our ISP. The account was mostly for my dad, and partly for me (my mom didn't have any use, my sister was already off at college), and since my dad and I shared two of three initials, we were able to share an email account and do "First initial Lastname" for the "from". Even at 14/15 I thought it was smart of my parents to not let me have unsupervised email, even though they didn't actually do that much supervision of it.

If email is still in use in 18 years, then I'll be good money that I and my husband will still be using it, and still using the same addresses. I've had my account since 2002, he's had his since...1998? 1999? Since he manages his own email server, there's no reason to think either will ever go away. The other advantage of this is spam filtering. Our spam filtering is so sophisticated that I get false negatives maybe once a week, and maybe 3-5 true negatives per day. The rest gets blocked before it even gets distributed.
Feb. 21st, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm 35 in 2 weeks, and we had email at home in the 90s. My parents were university academics, and we used telnet to get email. It was a text-based window - SO clunky. We were dialling into the university to get email I think from the early 90s, and i had an email probably in 1994/1995 when I was 15 or 16. NERD. I also downloaded text-only games and very lo-fi games via telnet. SUPER NERD.


ETA: this was in Australia, not the US.

Edited at 2014-02-21 08:21 am (UTC)
Feb. 21st, 2014 09:21 am (UTC)
I actually think that's not a totally bad idea, because seriously, your kid isn't going to have their own e-mail address until 18? I'm thinking more like 7.

I when I was babysitting 15 years ago, the 7 year old I was babysitting had her own AOL account, so given that my 1.5 year old basically has his own tablet, I think it's probably safe to say I don't have to wait 18 years.
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
Does the fact that this terrifies me make me an old fogey?

Damn kids today *shakes cane*'

Feb. 21st, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
i got my lj a month after getting married, i was 20 years old, septemeber of 2002. i am definitely not here every day, but i don't plan to ever give it up
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