What is a Forever Story?
A Forever Story© is a digital story about you or a loved one. A way to capture the essence of a person. You can imagine a Forever Story© as a combination of a Wikipedia page, biography, and social media platform, but with certain distinct characteristics that make it unique. First, it’s in your control, and only you can make changes. Second, it’s going to remain online forever, as a gift for future generations. Third, it’s either free or there is a one-time fee – but there are no subscriptions. Fourth, you can collaborate on it with others.* Finally, a Forever Story© contains your story in text and, depending on your choice, with images, voice recordings, and links to video or other Forever Stories© from family.
What do we mean by “forever”?
Forever is a difficult concept, because it’s kind of abstract. We aim to define forever as 150 years, which, in our opinion, is forever in this digital day and age. Of course, we hope that the project continues beyond 150 years (even if we’re not around to check on that), but there will be new technology available, perhaps in a more efficient format. So how do we keep something online for 150 years if we’re not going to be around to make sure it’s still there? We have calculated that if we reach 100,000 stories, we will have enough funds to reach the “Digital Forever threshold,” which means we are theoretically able to sustain the Forever Stories© server for those 150 years. We’ll achieve that when the funds are available to support a foundation and notary fees for 100 years, assuming that once that century has passed, either new funds for another 50 years will be acquired or server costs will go down dramatically. The foundation will set up a fund that will be controlled by a renowned Dutch notary, who will make sure that the server, with all the stories, remains online until at least 2171.
What makes Forever Stories unique?
Our initial plan was to just create a Wikipedia page for each person. Because why not? It’s free, it seems to be there forever, and it has everything we wanted. The problem is that everybody can make changes, and there is no absolute control over the content of the stories. And that’s what we wanted really badly. A Facebook page did not seem appropriate for a biography-style story, and sites like Myheritage are more focused on family trees than on stories. So what makes a Forever Story different from a Wikipedia page or a Facebook page? Forever Stories are unique, because they are:
- forever online,
- they are yours,
- you can collaborate on them or not, as you wish,
- there is a one-time fee, no recurrent payments and we are not selling your data
Number of stories. We need 100.000 to reach our goal
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Which forever stories do we offer?
We initiated Forever Stories© because we wanted the stories of our loved ones to exist forever. But we cannot do that alone. We need each other. We also wanted to share this option with everybody, whatever their financial means. So, our initial thought was to make the whole concept free but, after we’d done a few calculations, we concluded that to reach a digital forever, we needed funds. Keeping everything for free wasn’t an option, but we don’t want to charge a recurrent fee. Given the author of the story is not around anymore, who will make the payments? And if the payments are not met, should we remove the story? Doing that would miss the whole point of Forever Stories. So, we decided to create three tiers of one-time fees, depending on the amount of space and technology the story is using.