What is your anonymous autobiography

Web memory - autobiography for everyone: Your own life story in the cloud

Autobiography for everyone: Your own life story in the cloud

The difference between nameless and nameless has fallen. The internet archive is classless; everyone will find their place there. A new platform makes memories easier for everyone, forever.

The good Ned had two wishes when he was still alive: To set foot in every country in the world. And to write down the long journey, his life. Time or fate was gracious to his first wish: Ned was in every country in the world. He could no longer realize the second wish. The time would have to be more gracious for that. Most of all, writing an autobiography takes time, say people who need to know. So they recommend one thing: patience.

But the rest is free. And pretty easy, provided you don't confuse a PC with a shoe shine machine. Perhaps one has little patience when life begins - no one except Freudians can remember that. But when starting a life story, written down on the computer, you can take it easy. Facebook kids would find their way around effortlessly. But Facebook kids have nothing to tell. Nothing that could contain more than ten pages. But ten pages are the minimum so that others can read your own biography.

Step out of the shadows

This desire is widespread - like the good Ned: to write his life down. A new platform has been set up for this on the Internet. It does not relieve the authors of the burden of writing. But everything around that could also cause (unnecessary) effort. Above all, the platform opens the door to the world. Because recording your life for the drawer in a quiet little room probably takes the most effort. This drawer now opens, as it were. Thanks to the new platform www.meet-my-life.net.

It was brought into being by a man in business, Erich Bohli. A scientist is accompanying the project, Prof. Alfred Messerli. Around sixty people have already started to write their biographies on it. More or less nameless. Namelessness is not a stigma here for never being published. On the contrary: The biographies of nameless people arouse particular interest. Sixty in five months - is that a lot? "There are more and more," says Erich Bohli.

Ned would have liked the idea. He was still looking for a ghostwriter student. He would also find that today on meet-my-life. Former contracting boys also want to place their memories there. But most of them struggle with the good expression. The platform is now looking for students who are culturally oriented. All of this came too late for Ned.

Like Kaiser and Lady Gaga

One can see that as bad luck, yes, perhaps even find it unbearable: lived too early to be remembered! Like Ned, many people would have loved to pass on their memories. Thousands upon thousands. Countless generations. And disappeared unheard in the dark.

Only the new internet technology, the so-called cloud, expanded the archives. Straight into the limitless. Memory supports, sees, "recognizes" everyone, however low everyone may be. No longer do book publishers decide, but everyone becomes their own editor, simultaneously with the writing. You have to do little for it, but do it carefully. You have to want to leave your own oral history to whomever. Then everyone stands in a row. No longer invisible in the shadow of historical bogeymen. No longer ousted by these Napoleons, Metternichs, Stalins, Borgias and al-Gaddafis, swept under the carpet by football emperors and Lady Gagas.

Today the light would fall on the host of anonymous victims as well. And eclipsed most of the once powerful existences. Which would remedy a world injustice: The little one comes with his life to the same memory right as the inflated one. Memory today has a place for everyone. The total memory is a safe haven, even for the nameless. Memory has become universal, at least planetary. Thanks to a semi-technical, semi-mysterious entity: the “cloud”.

Today, this digital “cloud” stores almost any data package. All memories, photos, audios, all films. Be it the private, the delicate or the sacred, the scattered and dreamed. Entire companies are now migrating to the “cloud” without people usually noticing. The new platform meet-my-life is another channel. And at the same time it remains a snail shell, a retreat. You can choose which state you prefer.

Quarter of a million invested

Erich Bohli had the idea for the platform - and invested a quarter of a million on it. Bohli had been CEO of the electrical appliance chain Fust, quit at sixty and studied again. This time not economics like when I was a young man, but popular cultures and literary studies.

Bohli says currently only around 15 percent of authors used the option to switch to private. "Anyone who writes about their life also wants to be read, wants to involve friends and acquaintances - or finally get rid of something."

Then Bohli also talks about the “cloud”, about favorable and unfavorable times. The “cloud”, he says, “came absolutely at the right time”. Without them, meet-my-life.net would not have been possible in this form. However, he is aware that this “world first” will come a few years too early: “People with life experience and the desire to leave something of themselves are 60 plus”, says Bohli. The proportion of those who can use a computer and are somewhat familiar with the Internet will grow rapidly. "The Facebook generation, which has no problems with private narratives in public, will increasingly use such platforms without hesitation." Content is more important than form, Bohli continues: "You can also write down your memories without thinking of a thread-bound book."

Bohli had expected the number of biographies to be higher in the five months since it started. On the other hand, he was anything but disappointed with the quality and seriousness of the work. Authors can orientate themselves using a catalog of questions. At first they wanted to ask a thousand questions. However, 500 in 40 chapters would have been enough to depict a life chronologically and thematically, says Bohli.

The platform is open; everyone can design according to his own style. Later generations of researchers would prefer to work according to a question system. For one simple reason: It makes scientific evaluation easier.